Dare to Prevent Prematurity
Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Pediatrics
Policy Fellow, Institute of Public Health Research and Policy
Public Health and Medicine
Without early prenatal care, it was impossible to tell if a low-birth weight newborn was premature or full term. Or it was until Kelli Ryckman and colleagues found a reliable metabolic profile for estimating an infant’s gestational age using only a drop of blood. With almost a million dollars in funding from the Gates Foundation and the University of California, San Francisco Preterm Birth Initiative, Ryckman and a team of national and international researchers are conducting a metabolic-testing trial on 800 newborns in Uganda and Malawi to identify and ultimately prevent preterm birth. Ryckman is also currently serving as the 2016 – 2017 State Hygienic Laboratory Environmental and Public Health Ambassador.
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