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February 15, 2013- Perinatology Research Branch of NICHD will continue at Wayne State University/DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital with new 10-year, $165.9 million contract from National Institutes of Health


The Perinatology Research Branch housed at Wayne State University and Detroit Medical Center has been awarded a second 10-year, $165.9 million contract  by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health.

The PRB has been housed at the WSU School of Medicine and DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital since 2002, and has assisted more than 20,000 at-risk mothers, most of them DMC patients.

The PRB offices, labs, clinical facilities and many of the WSU School of Medicine faculty researchers are located within Hutzel. Other PRB researchers are housed in the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth & Development on the School of Medicine campus.

“I would like to thank the exceptional people at Wayne State and our partners in the PRB whose daily efforts improve and save the lives of the most vulnerable among us,” said Wayne State President Allan Gilmour. “The renewal of Wayne State’s contract is a testament to the confidence the NIH has in our people and the quality of our University.”

DMC Chief Executive Officer Joe Mullany also commended the cooperative efforts that helped secure the award. “The Detroit Medical Center has a long and distinguished history of strategic clinical partnerships placing us at the forefront of medical breakthroughs for our patients,” he said. “The renewed commitment of the NIH/PRB continues our legacy of providing our area's high-risk pregnant mothers and their newborns with the highest level of clinical research and medical care possible anywhere."

Roberto Romero, M.D., D.Med.Sci., an internationally renowned obstetrician and gynecologist, has been the chief of the branch since its creation in 1992. Dr. Romero said the “NICHD/NIH congratulates Wayne State University for its success in receiving funding that would allow the branch to continue to address the most important problems that affect pregnant women and their unborn babies.”

Valerie M. Parisi, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., dean of the WSU School of Medicine said, “This is great news for the University, but also vitally important for women and the families of Michigan.:

The project site managers for the contract are the Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Robert Sokol, M.D., the John M. Malone Jr., M.D., Endowed chair and director of the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth & Development, and Sonia Hassan, M.D., associate dean for Maternal, Perinatal and Child Health.

 “There have been remarkable discoveries over the past twenty years, and we anticipate a revolutionary decade ahead, said Dr. Hassan. This partnership is unlike any other. We are grateful that the NICHD recognizes the extraordinary environment that has developed here in Detroit.”

Dr. Sokol said, “The modern, multidisciplinary clinical and research environment of Wayne State University has grown alongside the PRB for the last two decades. We’re absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to continue blazing the trail together.”

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