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March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center

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.

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2018 Preterm Birth ResearchUndergraduate Summer Program

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

Program Description

Preterm birth is a global public health problem.  15 million babies are born preterm annually and complications from preterm birth are the leading cause of death among children under 5 years.  The March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania is one of 5 national centers dedicated to identifying the causes of preterm birth that will result in more effective strategies to prevent preterm birth in the future.  At Penn we have a transdisciplinary team of investigators with expertise in obstetrics, pediatrics, neonatology, genetics, metabolism, cell and developmental biology, bioengineering, microbiology, and reproductive biology working together to solve this problem.

This 10-week program is designed to expose undergraduate students to transdisciplinary research on preterm birth with an assigned research mentor.  Students will also have an opportunity to observe in the clinics and the hospital.

Applications are due by January 31st, 2018.
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