Overview

March of Dimes, whose mission is to give every baby a healthy start, has launched an exciting new research program in partnership with Stanford University School of Medicine, one of the premier research institutions in the world. This video demonstrates the commitment and enthusiasm of some of our renowned medical and biological researchers who are embarking on a unique transdisciplinary approach to put an end to premature birth.

Why prematurity research?

As the leading cause of newborn death in the U.S., premature 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 Center will bring together an unprecedented array of disciplines, specialties and areas of inquiry to examine biological, social and environmental factors that might contribute to prematurity.

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Meet our
researchers

The Center's research team includes over 130 investigators consisting of faculty, trainees, and staff and is led by its Principal Investigator, David K. Stevenson, M.D. and Co-Principal Investigators, Maury Druzin, M.D., Gary Shaw, Dr.P.H., and Paul Wise, M.D., M.P.H. Key areas of inquiry are being pursued via transdisciplinary interactions that will generate new research hypotheses and techniques to prevent preterm birth.

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A groundbreaking
partnership

In March of 2011, the March of Dimes and Stanford University School of Medicine formed an groundbreaking partnership and established the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Stanford University School of Medicine, the nation’s first transdisciplinary research center dedicated solely to examining, identifying and preventing the causes of premature birth.

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Many ways to give

One in nine babies are 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 Prematurity Research Center including making a one time gift, a monthly donation, or a planned gift.

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Overview

Together, the March of Dimes and Stanford University have created the nation's first transdisciplinary research center dedicated to identifying the causes of premature birth. Over 130 scientists in fields ranging from neonatology and genetics to computer science and artificial intelligence are pursuing a revolutionary model of "team science" to find answers. This video demonstrates the commitment and enthusiasm of our scientists as they work to solve the mysteries of prematurity.
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News

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Meet our Families and Donors

  • Jimmy Horowitz
  • President, Universal Pictures
  • Vice Chair, March of Dimes California Chapter Board of Directors

“People assume when you have a baby, that it’s going to be healthy, and you take your baby home. That’s just not the reality in this country. The problem of prematurity cuts across every group, every kind of person, every kind of family. more