In 2015, the March of Dimes extended their network of Prematurity Research Centers by welcoming the fifth center, a collaboration between the University of Chicago, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Duke University School of Medicine. As part of the national initiative to fund a network of research centers across the country, they will continue to examine the causes of prematurity to eventually prevent and end premature birth. This new center will be known as the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center UChicago-Northwestern-Duke.

Northwestern brings its expertise in stem cell biology and the cutting-edge applications relevant to that technology. Duke Medicine and the University of Chicago, who have previously collaborated on related projects, bring a diverse expertise in genomics.Working together all three institutions will develop the maps for critical genes relevant to pregnancy, as well as the switches that regulate these genes.