Overview

In November of 2014, the March of Dimes joined with the University of Pennsylvania and other leading hospitals to launch the fourth transdisciplinary research center aimed exclusively at finding what causes preterm birth. The March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrates the commitment and enthusiasm of a team of accomplished investigators and faculty as they come together in this transdisciplinary and cross-institutional effort to solve the mysteries of preterm birth.

Why prematurity research?

As the leading cause of newborn death in the U.S., preterm birth is far more serious than most people realize, and we need to know much more about its causes before we can do a better job of prevention.

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A unique
transdisciplinary
approach

The University of Pennsylvania will bring together an unprecedented array of disciplines, specialties and research themes to examine biological, social and environmental factors that might contribute to prematurity.

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A groundbreaking
partnership

In 2014, the March of Dimes teamed with some of the leading medical and teaching institutions in Pennsylvania to establish the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania, the nation’s fourth transdisciplinary research center dedicated solely to examining, identifying and preventing the causes of premature birth.

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Meet our
researchers

The University of Pennsylvania research team includes over 40 faculty-level investigators, trainees, and staff and is led by its principal investigator Deborah A. Driscoll, M.D. and project leaders Rebecca A. Simmons, M.D., Michal Elovitz, M.D. and Samuel Parry, M.D. Three key research themes are being pursued via transdisciplinary interactions that will generate new research hypotheses and strategies to prevent preterm birth.

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Many ways to give

One in nine babies is born prematurely in the United States each year, and more than 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide every year. Find out how you can help give every baby a healthy start. There are many ways to contribute to the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania including making a one-time gift, a monthly donation, or a planned gift.

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Overview

In November of 2014, the March of Dimes joined with the University of Pennsylvania and other leading hospitals to launch the fourth transdisciplinary research center aimed exclusively at finding what causes preterm birth. The March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrates the commitment and enthusiasm of a team of accomplished investigators and faculty as they come together in this transdisciplinary and cross-institutional effort to solve the mysteries of preterm birth.

News

  • February 1, 2016
    Preterm Birth Research Undergraduate Summer Program

    The March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce a summer research program for Penn undergraduate students.  more

Meet our Families and Donors

  • Jessica Farber
  • Mom and nurse at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Prematurity doesn't play favorites. Even healthcare professionals can be surprised at the arrival of a preterm baby, as Jessica Farber, a nurse practitioner at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and her husband, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Pennsylvania, found. more