Ronald R. Magness Professor - UW Obstetrics and Gynecology, Madison WI

Ronald R. Magness, PhD

Meriter Hospital
202 S. Park (Meriter)
Madison, WI 53715


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  • BS 1977 Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
  • MS 1979 Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  • PhD 1982 Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • 1st Postdoctoral position: UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Research Focus

Major projects in the Magness Program include: 1) Endothelial-derived vasodilators in pregnancy: expression and endocrine signaling mechanisms; 2) Estrogen and progesterone regulation of endothelial nitric oxide and prostacyclin production as it affects uterine and systemic blood flow; 3) Uterine and placental angiogenesis, and how angiogenic factors affect uterine and placental blood flow; 4) the regulation of endothelial nitric oxide production in uterine and placental vasculature at the maternal fetal interface in both the human and ovine models; 5) the role of shear stress in modulating uterine and placental endothelial vasodilator production.

Program Activities

  • Joined ERP Program: 1995
  • Teaching: Animal Sciences 875: Selected Topics
  • Member: ERP Program Admissions Committee

Research Funding

  • PI NIH 5 R01HL049210 07/01/93 – 05/31/12 Endothelium-Derived Vasodialators in Pregnancy
  • PI NIH 5 R01HL087144 09/01/07 – 07/31/11 Physiologic Cardiovascular & Uterine eNOS Responses: Role of Endogenous Estrogen
  • PI NIH 5 P01HD038843 04/01/00 – 04/30/12 Mechanisms of Endothelial and Embryonic Stem Cell Regulation in Pregnancy
  • PI NIH 5 P01HD038843 (Project 2) 05/01/10 – 04/30/11 Shear Stress-Mediated Pregnancy Adaptations of Uterine Artery Endothelial


Ronald Magness is the Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Director of the Division of Reproductive Sciences and the perinatal research laboratories. Since his arrival to the department in 1994, Dr. Magness has been instrumental in establishing a world class department research program.

This work includes developing collaborative relationships with other departments and programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, providing mentorship to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty researchers and scientists, and obtaining research funding at the federal level. Currently Dr. Magness is the principal investigator on the department of OBGYN NIH Program Project Grant (P01 grant). He also is currently Principle Investigator of two individual R01 NIH research grants, one that has been in the funding cycle for more than 15 years. Dr. Magness is recognized nationally and internationally as a well published and experienced scientist in the field of Perinatal and Reproductive Science. In 1998, Dr. Magness was named a Vilas Professor through funds provided by William Vilas, a former University Regent and U.S. Senator. Vilas Professorships are awarded to faculty members whose research is recognized nationally and internationally for its quality and contributions to the research and educational achievements.

He is a past president of the Perinatal Research Society (2004), and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation (2004-2007) and has served as a regular and/or ad hoc member of the Human Embryology and Development-1 (Pregnancy Newborn) NIH Study Section (for over 18 years), as well as numerous ad hoc review committees for grants in the USA USDA, American Heart, as well as the Australian, New Zealand and Canadian MRCs. Locally, besides his duty as Division Director, Dr. Magness currently is the Chai of the Department of OBGYN Research and Development Committee.

He is also served on or run numerous Chairs (OBGYN), Division Directors (MFM, Neonatology), and Junior Faculty Members (MFM, REI, Gyn Onc). Dr Magness has served on the University of WI-Madison Animal Care and Use Committee since 1995. He also is the Associate Chair of the Endocrinology Reproductive Physiology Training Program.