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  • September 28, 2015

    NIH invests $46 million in technologies to monitor placental health External Web Site Policy

    The National Institutes of Health has announced $46 million in research awards for the Human Placenta Project, an initiative to revolutionize understanding of the placenta. The awards will fund technology development and testing to assess placental function throughout pregnancy, with the ultimate goal of improving pregnancy outcomes and lifelong health.

  • September 24, 2015

    NIH commits $36M to train junior faculty in Africa External Web Site Policy

    To encourage junior faculty at academic institutions in sub-Saharan Africa to pursue research careers, the National Institutes of Health is awarding up to $36.5 million over five years, including $1.6 million from the Office of Research on Women’s Health, in the next phase of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI). Since 2010, MEPI awards have been transforming medical education across the region by strengthening curricula, upgrading community-based training sites, and expanding communications technology and e-learning resources.

  • August 14, 2015

    Modeling the Female Reproductive Tract in 3-D:
    The Birth of EVATAR™
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    Dr. Janine Clayton was interviewed on the importance of EVATAR, a 3-D representation of the female reproductive tract, as a part of this feature article on the model’s development. Supported by a National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences project cofounded by ORWH, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, researchers from Northwestern University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, and the University of Illinois at Chicago have developed EVATAR to better test drugs’ effects and better understand the basic biology of female reproduction.

  • July 3, 2015

    NIH Record Article: ‘Faces of Clinical Research’ Speak at Women’s Health Week Event External Web Site Policy

    Clinical research panelists share smiles, experiences at the May 2015 ORWH event celebrating National Women’s Health Week.

  • June 26, 2015

    Eating the placenta after birth carries no health benefits, new study finds External Web Site Policy

    Researchers supported in part by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) found no data to support common claims that eating the placenta offers health benefits for mothers. The researchers also noted that there have been no studies conducted on whether eating the placenta has any potential risks.

  • June 18, 2015

    Researchers design placenta-on-a-chip to better understand pregnancy External Web Site Policy

    National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers and their colleagues have developed a “placenta-on-a-chip” to study the inner workings of the human placenta and its role in pregnancy. This prototype is one of the latest in a series of organ-on-a-chip technologies developed to accelerate biomedical advances.

  • June 16, 2015

    Panel urges innovative biomedical research to improve diagnosis and treatment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) External Web Site Policy

    An independent panel convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) concluded that ME/CFS is a complex, multifaceted disorder characterized by extreme fatigue and many other symptoms, which can result in disability and the loss of employment and family support. Furthermore, limited knowledge, insufficient research funding, and a lack of diagnostic tools diminish a clinician’s ability to provide optimal care.

  • June 5, 2015

    Health Disparities in U.S. Still Persist According to Report External Web Site Policy

    A special June issue of the American Journal of Public Health highlights the need for greater understanding of the relationship between social, cultural, biological, behavioral, economic, and neighborhood (place) factors when addressing health disparities.

  • April 20, 2015

    Drugs that activate brain stem cells may reverse multiple sclerosis External Web Site Policy

    Researchers funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) discovered that two drugs already on the market may potentially take on new roles as treatments for multiple sclerosis by activating stem cells in the brain to stimulate myelin producing cells and repair white matter.

  • April 15, 2015

    NIH launches largest clinical trial focused on HIV-related cardiovascular disease External Web Site Policy

    National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers have begun enrolling participants in a multicenter international clinical trial to test whether statin administration can reduce the risk for major adverse cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks, strokes, and heart disease, in people with HIV infection.

  • March 30, 2015

    Promoting maternal interaction improves growth, weight gain in preemies External Web Site Policy

    An intervention to teach mothers of preterm infants how to interact with their babies more effectively results in better weight gain and growth for the infants, according to a study funded in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  • February 26, 2015

    NIH announces $41.5 million in funding for the Human Placenta Project External Web Site Policy

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has dedicated $41.5 million for an initiative to understand and monitor the development of the human placenta during pregnancy, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of mothers and children.

  • February 23, 2015

    Study finds peanut consumption in infancy prevents peanut allergy External Web Site Policy

    A clinical trial supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has found that the introduction of peanut products into the diets of infants at high risk of developing peanut allergy was safe and led to an 81 percent reduction in the subsequent development of the allergy.

  • February 18, 2015

    Stillbirth may increase women’s long term risk for depression External Web Site Policy

    Women who deliver a stillbirth—but who have no history of depression—may be at a higher risk for long–lasting depression, conclude researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The depression may last beyond the six months most people require to recover from a major loss and persist for as long as 36 months.


This page last reviewed on September 29, 2015