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MODCAST is a podcast on the most impactful maternal and infant health research conducted today.

MODCAST aims to bring scientists, doctors, donors, and families behind the laboratory doors for a fascinating look into the science that is changing, study by study, the story of moms and babies in the U.S. 

From interviews and news analysis to study discussions and more, MODCAST is the science community’s source for today’s preeminent research on moms and babies. Listen today.

Episode 12

Dr. Brice Gaudillière, an investigator at the March of Dimes Prematurity Center at Stanford University, discusses a breakthrough Machine Learning (ML) algorithm that makes reliable predictions about labor onset, preterm birth, and preeclampsia and also identifies the biological markers supporting those predictions.

Episode 11

Dr. Marisa Bartolomei, a University of Pennsylvania professor of cell and developmental biology, co-director of the university's Epigenetics Institute, and winner of the 2024 March of Dimes Richard B. Johnston, Jr., MD Prize, on discovering one of the first imprinted genes, making connections between imprinted gene mutations and developmental disorders, and uncovering the exact pathways of gene imprinting defects: namely, abnormalities in DNA methylation.

Episode 10

Former Stanford PRC collaborator Dr. Jonas Miller, now a Psychological Sciences Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut, discusses how the stress a woman experiences before pregnancy is associated with the way her child's brain functions around three to five years old. Those children, Dr. Miller found, have a harder time with impulse control.

Episode 9

Dr. Tim Hand, a March of Dimes researcher at the University of Pittsburgh, discusses the link between breast milk and a life-threatening preterm birth-related condition called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). As it turns out, not all breastmilk is protective against NEC.

Episode 8

Dr. Elizabeth Cherot, the 6th and current President and CEO of March of Dimes, and first medical doctor to lead the organization since its founding in 1938, discusses the March of Dimes Innovation Fund.

Episode 7

Dr. Lynne Sykes, a co-director of the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Imperial College London, discusses the immune cascade that triggers vaginal microbiome-driven preterm birth and a new vaginal supplement that could change the makeup of the vaginal microbiome to prevent this type of immune response.

Episode 6

Philadelphia neonatologists Dr. Jay Greenspan and Dr. Liz Foglia discuss three talks at the upcoming Hot Topics in Neonatology conference in Maryland: one on the lower limits of viability and the other two on racism in the NICU.

Episode 5

Dr. Nima Aghaeepour, a researcher at March of Dimes' Prematurity Research Center at Stanford, discusses a Machine Learning (ML) model that predicts prematurity-related newborn diseases weeks before they occur, including before a baby is even born.

Episode 4

A new test has been developed by Professor MacIntyre and his team at the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Imperial College London that could provide nearly instantaneous identification of certain types of bacteria, indicating whether or not a woman may be at high risk for preterm birth.

Episode 3

We talk with Stanford University Science Fellow Dr. Mira Moufarrej on what we know about preeclampsia, why African American women are disproportionately impacted and a new blood test that could identify at-risk women in the first trimester.

Episode 2

Dr. Marina Sirota is an associate professor in the Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute and the department of Pediatrics at University of California San Francisco and the principal investigator at the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at University of California San Francisco. Her team is using Big Data to help predict when a woman may be at risk for preterm birth.

Episode 1

March of Dimes Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Emre Seli discusses the motivations behind the podcast, the research vision at March of Dimes, our belief in open, collaborative science, and our focus on translational research that makes a difference for moms.


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