Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Center for Research on Reproduction and Women's Health

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9:00 am - 5:00 pm

9:00 - 10:00
Welcome / Introduction session

Michal Elovitz, MD
Strategies to Improve Maternal and Child Health

Scott A. Lorch, MD, MSCE
Neonatal research at CHOP and Penn

*Denotes early career investigator/K applicant and/or awardee

Health services and social determinant of health research in Maternal-Child Health

Diana Montoya-Williams, MD*
Neonatal and Infant Health Disparities: In Search of Resilience Factors

Heather Burris, MD, MPH
Sowing the seeds of collaboration in pursuit of perinatal health equity; from discovery to intervention

Rebecca F. Hamm, MD, MSCE*
Implementation of a standardized labor induction protocol to reduce primary cesarean and racial disparities in labor outcomes: a prospective cohort study

Michele-Marie Pena, MD*
Racial/Ethnic Differences in Potentially Preventable Fetal Death Among Hispanic- and White- Serving Hospitals

Sara Handley, MD, MSCE*
Delivery hospital structure, organizational culture, and the mother-infant dyad

Heidi Herrick, MD*
Leveraging Human Factors to Improve Delivery Room Care


Infectious disease, immunology, microbiology in Maternal-Child Health

Dustin D. Flannery, DO, MSCE*
Evolving Antibiotic Resistance in Neonatal Early-Onset Sepsis

Sagori Mukhopadhyay, MD, MMSc*
Intrapartum prophylaxis for GBS sepsis prevention and childhood outcomes

Lakshmi Srinivasan, MBBS, MTR*
New tools for prediction of sepsis

Kristin Gerson, MD, PhD*
Microbial metabolites compromise epithelial barrier integrity: potential mechanisms by which non-optimal cervicovaginal microbiota lead to preterm birth

Emma Lewis, MD/PhD candidate*
Novel immunological underpinnings of fetal brain injury in the setting of intrauterine inflammation

Scott M. Gordon, MD, Ph.D.*
Development of interferon-responsive macrophages in the uterus and beyond

Integrating Maternal-Child health and long-term outcomes

Whitney Bender, MD*
Lactation support in modern obstetrics

Jennifer Lewey, MD, MPH*
Improving cardiovascular health in the fourth trimester

Emily Gregory, MD*
The role of pediatrics in improving maternal interconception care

Andrea Duncan, MD, MS
Improving Outcomes in High-Risk Infants

COVID-related research

Karen M. Pupolo, MD, PhD
Maternal and Neonatal Antibody to SARS-CoV-2

Laura A. Vella, MD, Ph.D.*
Deep Immune Profiling of MIS-C

Sara Handley, MD, MSCE* & Heather Burris, MD, MPH
Preterm birth in the COVID era at Penn Medicine, evidence of widened disparities?

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