Sarah Brown Visits MWRI

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Magee-Womens Research Institute hosted an exciting event during the G20 Summit. Sarah Brown, wife of Gordon Brown, prime minister of the United Kingdom, concluded her G20 Summit visit with a tour of MWRI on Sept. 25. The visit came about after a conversation earlier in the year with Teresa Heinz. Ms. Heinz suggested Mrs. Brown learn more about the groundbreaking pregnancy and neonatal research being conducted at MWRI.

In addition to Mrs. Brown and Ms. Heinz, the event attracted Ed Rendell and Jeffrey Romoff, several politicians, foundation leaders, Pittsburgh leaders, and guests of Reed Smith, who hosted the event. Attendees totaled about 100.

In 2001, the Browns lost their daughter, Jennifer, after she was delivered prematurely. This troubling incident led the Browns to want to better understand and prevent the problems that afflicted Jennifer. Their thirst for knowledge led to the establishment of the Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory in early 2004. The Laboratory focuses on preventing death and long-term handicaps that may result from impaired development, premature birth, and other neonatal complications in babies. Mrs. Brown is also president of PiggyBankKids who supports charitable projects that create opportunities for children and young people. The charity launched the Jennifer Brown Research Fund to seek solutions to pregnancy difficulties and save newborn lives.

Mrs. Brown was so inspired by her MWRI trip that she blogged about it. You can view her blog entry by visiting

We hope this visit will spark future collaborations with scientists in the UK to further neonatology and pregnancy research.

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