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Child & Maternal Health

Perinatal Research Facilitation Process

Pregnant women, their fetuses and newborn infants, especially preterm infants in neonatal intensive care units, represent a unique and limited population of families who would like to participate in clinical research. There is considerable potential for competition among studies that begin at these unique stages of the life cycle, which is a burden to studies recruiting from these limited subject populations.

We have a Perinatal Research Facilitation Committee to assist investigators who are recruiting:

  • Pregnant women in the prenatal clinic
  • Pregnant women on Labor and Delivery and post-partum
  • Placentas and Cord Blood samples at deliveries
  • Babies in the NICU and Newborn Nursery


ALL potential perinatal research protocols must be reviewed by the Committee prior to initiation of any study or grant submission: Committee Review Request Form. The Committee will assess your protocol within the context of existing studies.

Primary Goals of the Facilitation Process
  • Determine the feasibility of the proposed research.
  • Identify overlap with existing studies
  • Foster collaboration among overlapping research investigators
  • Establish priorities for protocols
  • Assure that investigators are fully aware of existing data and biobank resources already available
  • When necessary, direct investigators to alternative resources and/or research sites

Committee Meeting and Deadline Schedule

The committee meets on the second Monday of every month. The deadline for review is two weeks prior to that date.

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