Our Pregnancy Research focuses on the areas of:

  • Prenatal genetics
  • Feto-placental development
  • Preterm birth
  • Preeclampsia
  • Newborn medicine

Pregnancy Research at Magee-Womens Research Institute

Research in the areas of embryogenesis, pregnancy, and pregnancy outcomes center on normal and abnormal processes that shape fetal health. Investigators analyze diverse influences on feto-placental genome, epigenome, and gene expression, including gene imprinting, gene-environment interactions, nutrition, and the effect of drugs and medications. The research also includes uterine function and its implications for parturition. Prenatal influences are interrogated through cutting-edge genetic tools, complemented by modern imaging technologies. Building on these fundamental research trajectories, MWRI scientists study key pregnancy-related complications such as preeclampsia, fetal growth restriction, and preterm birth, as well as the neonatal and lifelong complications stemming from these diseases.

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