Ensuring the health and wellbeing of pregnant women and newborns is central to the NICHD mission. Scientists supported by our Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch (PPB) conduct research related to improving care for pregnant women and newborns, preventing preterm labor and birth and other birth complications, and treating diseases in newborns.
Recently, we caught up with PPB Chief Tonse N. K. Raju, M.D., D.C.H., to learn how research advances by PPB-supported scientists have paved the way for healthier pregnancies and infants. We also asked him what advice he has for people interested in pursuing a career in the field, what's in store for the field going forward, and why pregnancy and perinatology research is so important. Read on to find out what he had to say.
A huge amount of progress has been made in the last several decades to improve health and outcomes of pregnant women and newborns. Yet there is still work to be done. Why is pregnancy and perinatology research important? What are some of the PPB's major research priorities?
What advice do you have for those interested in pursuing careers in pregnancy and perinatology research?
Preterm birth can lead to a host of complications later in life, and it is important to understand its causes and ways to prevent it. What progress have PPB-supported researchers made in this area? What are still some important research questions to answer?
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), its causes, and its prevention, are a major focus of PPB. What has PPB-supported research taught us about SIDS? What continue to be critical research areas related to SIDS?
What do you think will be key research areas for the pregnancy and perinatology research field in the next 5 to 10 years?
What message would you like the public to know about your work, or about pregnancy and perinatology research more generally?
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Originally Posted: August 11, 2014
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