Research themes

Research themes must meet a set of essential criteria:

• Address a research target that is likely to be crucial to the prevention of preterm birth.
• Generate or refine new technologies that could lead to important new discoveries regarding preterm birth.
• Leverage the expertise and resources available across all the Ohio Collaborative medical centers, hospitals and universities.
• Provide a strong foundation for transdisciplinary collaboration.

March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center Ohio Collaborative will address two inter-related transdisciplinary research themes:

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From Genes in Human Pregnancy to Mechanism for Birth Timing This theme will work to discover the genes that are associated with the duration of gestation and the risk to preterm birth by building a pipeline from discovering the genes to proving what they do.
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Endocrine - Immune Crosstalk in Pregnancy Maintenance and Preterm Birth This theme will explore the inter-relationship between two of the most important and powerful systems at work during pregnancy–the hormonal and the immunological–to understand how they work together to determine gestational length and birth timing.
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