Preterm Birth Research

Our investigators are at the forefront of clinical and translational research to understand, predict and prevent preterm birth using cutting edge tools ranging from microbiome analysis to novel cervical imaging and studies of electrical activity of the uterus.

March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center

Washington University is home to one of five Prematurity Research Centers established by the March of Dimes Foundation. This virtual center brings together investigators across disciplines to forge a transdisciplinary team focused on predicting and preventing preterm births.

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Clinical research:
Clinical trials in premature birth

Basic science labs and studies:


Researchers investigating premature birth include a collaborative group of faculty members in the Department of Ob/Gyn’s Division of Maternal-Fetal Health and Ultrasound, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Division of Clinical Research and Center for Reproductive Health Sciences, as well as the School of Medicine’s Department of Molecular Microbiology.

Ob/Gyn faculty

Vice Chair, Research
Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Professor of Medicine, Ob/Gyn
Associate Program Director, Prematurity Research Center

Division: Basic & Translational Research

James P. Crane Professor, Ob/Gyn
Professor, Pathology & Immunology
Director, Center for Reproductive Health Sciences

Division: Basic & Translational Research

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn

Divisions: Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound, Clinical Research

Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Radiology, Biomedical Engineering

Division: Clinical Research

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Additional investigators

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