Wayne State University

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March of Dimes

Wayne State University is proud to host the March of Dimes March for Babies on Sunday, April 27, 2014. The March of Dimes’ mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Their mission is carried out through research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies’ lives.

Why we walk

When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in our community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten babies.

Walk information

  • The March will begin and end at St. Andrew’s Church located on Anthony Wayne Drive near Warren Avenue on Wayne State’s main campus. Participants may park in parking Structure 2 or Structure 5 for $6.50. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the march will begin at 9 a.m.
  • Want to see how Wayne State is already helping mothers and babies? Visit the Perinatology Research Branch website for more information about the amazing work they do to help mothers and babies.
  • Want to see what March for Babies is all about? Click here to see a video about the March.

Registered Teams

WSU Perinatology Research Branch (PRB) - helping mothers and babies in our community

In September 2012, after a nationwide competition, a 10-year contract for the Perinatology Research Branch (PRB) was awarded to Wayne State University. The first of its kind, this partnership combines the resources of the National Institutes of Health, the Detroit Medical Center, a major metropolitan medical center, and a highly-ranked institution of higher learning.

The PRB is the National Institutes of Health’s only clinical branch that focuses its research on human pregnancy and unborn children. The mission of the PRB is to conduct clinical and basic research in perinatal medicine to reduce adverse pregnancy outcome, infant mortality and handicap and to improve the health care of mothers and their children. The PRB has enhanced the health care of more than 20,000 women enrolled in its programs.

To date, the branch has made many pioneering contributions to the field in areas including congenital heart disease and inflammation in the fetal brain to identification of biomarkers that predict preeclampsia, a leading cause of maternal mortality.