February 22-23, 2011

Workshop Organizers


  • *Patrick M. Catalano, M.D.—Case Western Reserve University
  • *Michelle A. Williams, Sc.D.—University of Washington
  • *Paul H. Wise, M.D.—Stanford University
  • Diana W. Bianchi, M.D.—Tufts University
  • George R. Saade, M.D.—University of Texas Medical Branch


Mothers and infants are at risk for poor pregnancy outcomes both in the United States and throughout the world. Understanding pregnancy processes and fetal development can pave the way for predicting and preventing poor pregnancy outcomes for mothers and neonates.

As examples, discussions of this theme could include:

  • Exploring the basic mechanisms, starting at the molecular and cellular levels, underlying the full range of normative pregnancy processes, including such topics as implantation, placentation, fetal development, and birth outcomes. This could include considering preconception factors relating to both male and female, periconceptional contributions, and issues affecting outcomes in different populations, including persons with disabilities
  • Identifying how best to apply and translate this normative knowledge to understanding, predicting, and preventing poor pregnancy outcomes for mother and neonate using a variety of interventions in clinical, community, and other settings, and in various populations, including person with disabilities
  • Understanding the effect of pregnancy, pregnancy-related behaviors, and environmental factors on long-term maternal/paternal health, and defining the best ways to manage pregnancies in various settings and populations
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Last Reviewed: 05/23/2011