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In about 40 percent of premature births, the causes are unknown. To solve this problem, scientific research is of paramount importance. The March of Dimes is funding medical studies to find the answers.
The Mystery of Premature Birth
Finding answers to the problem of premature birth is an urgent medical challenge. Premature birth is the leading killer of newborns and a major cause of lasting disabilities.
Setting the National Research Agenda
The March of Dimes research agenda includes issues such as genetics, racial and ethnic differences, the role of infection and stress, and promising treatments.
Prematurity Research Initiative: Grantees, 2009
In February 2009, the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Initiative (PRI) awarded almost $2.7 million to seven researchers. Since it began in 2005, PRI has distributed almost $14 million. The goal is to encourage research aimed at predicting or preventing preterm birth.
Prematurity Research Initiative: Grantees, 2008
In February 2008, the March of Dimes Foundation awarded $3.5 million to 10 scientists who are trying to stem the growing pace of preterm birth. Since 2005, the March of Dimes has committed $11 million to prematurity research.
Prematurity Research Initiative: Grantees, 2007
In 2007, the March of Dimes awarded eight new grants that address the role of infection in preterm labor, disturbances of the circadian clock, and genetic and environmental factors.
Prematurity Research Initiative: Grantees, 2006
In 2006, the March of Dimes awarded six new grants that address genetic patterns, infection, and the hormone progesterone.
Prematurity Research Initiative: Grantees, 2005
In 2005, the March of Dimes awarded the first Prematurity Research Initiative grants to learn more about the causes of prematurity.
Research and Treatment Milestones
The March of Dimes 65-year track record of success includes many achievements that have helped save premature babies.
How many babies are born prematurely each year in your state? Visit our PeriStats interactive data resource to find out.
Funding for the Prematurity Campaign is made possible by:
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