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Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Division of Intramural Research

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Program in Perinatal Research and Obstetrics

Roberto Romero, Program Director

Program in Perinatal Research and Obstetrics accepts Clinical Associates and Postdoctoral Fellows in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. This program conducts clinical and laboratory research on conditions responsible for perinatal morbidity and mortality. The program focuses on the study of human parturition (premature labor), intrauterine growth retardation, congenital anomalies, and pre-eclampsia. With a strong interest in applied science, the program aims to develop diagnostic and therapeutic strategies to solve clinical problems. Faculty members have conducted pioneering research in several areas of maternal-fetal medicine such as premature labor, prenatal diagnosis, and endoscopic fetal surgery. The team emphasizes a multi-disciplinary approach and utilizes expertise in obstetrics, neonatology, diagnostic imaging, perinatal pathology, molecular and cell biology, and clinical epidemiology. Clinical laboratory research in this program is concerned with these topics: (1) prenatal diagnosis of congenital anomalies; (2) prevention of preterm labor; (3) diagnosis of intrauterine growth retardation; and (4) maturation and regulation of the cardiovascular, hematopoietic, and central nervous systems in the fetus and newborn.

 

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