Maternal-Fetal Medicine Research
The UW SMPH Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is recognized for its strong commitment to ongoing research in support of improved women’s health and reproduction. The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division takes pride in the accomplishments of its faculty and fellows in pursuing advancements to better the lives of women and infants through its clinical and basic science research efforts.
Each incoming fellow will pursue a research project to serve as their ABOG thesis. The department allocates funds to support each fellow’s research.
Basic science or translational research projects under the supervision of a mentor from the UW Division of Reproductive Sciences are strongly encouraged.
There are also ample opportunities to pursue clinical research, other research coursework, or additional graduate degrees. The department’s Clinical Research Office provides faculty and staff with the necessary infrastructure and resources to support a wide variety of clinical research studies, including support from research managers and epidemiologists.
Faculty in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine are accomplished researchers, serving as investigators on studies looking at prenatal diagnosis and medical diseases of pregnancy.
The UW Division of Reproductive Sciences has many faculty who are nationally funded and internationally recognized for their contributions to research, primarily in perinatal biology. The PhD investigators who actively participate in the training of fellows include: Drs. Ian Bird, Ted Golos, David Abbott, Manish Patankar and Jing Zheng. In addition, we have an Associate Scientist, Fu-Xian Yi MD PhD, who has experience in training graduate students and is available to provide specialized technical expertise in the laboratory for the MFM fellows. Dr. Shah conducts translational research under the aegis of these laboratories, as well.
Human Placenta Project
Dr. Dinesh Shah, along with other physicians at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, have been awarded a four-year, $4 million grant to study and develop imaging techniques to identify pregnancy problems at a very early stage.
This grant is a part of the Human Placenta Project, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The project’s goal is to increase the understanding of the placenta’s structure, function, and development across pregnancy.
The research team will use cutting-edge magnetic resonance imaging techniques to measure early predictors of complications in pregnancies. This project is the first of its kind to study the placenta in real time. This will allow clinicians to visualize diseases or abnormalities of pregnancy at very early stages.