Pregnancy and Newborn Medicine research focuses on the areas of:

  • prenatal genetics
  • feto-placental development
  • preterm birth
  • preeclampsia
  • newborn medicine

Research in the areas of embryogenesis, pregnancy, and pregnancy outcomes center on normal and abnormal processes that shape fetal health. Investigators analyze diverse influences on feto-placental genome, epigenome, and gene expression, including gene imprinting, gene-environment interactions, nutrition, and the effect of drugs and medications.

The research also includes uterine function and its implications for parturition. Prenatal influences are interrogated through cutting-edge genetic tools, complemented by modern imaging technologies. Building on these fundamental research trajectories, Magee-Womens Research Institute scientists study key pregnancy-related complications such as preeclampsia, fetal growth restriction, and preterm birth, as well as the neonatal and lifelong complications stemming from these diseases.