Research Opportunities

The fellow will receive a minimum of 12 months of protected time for research. Nine months of electives focusing on specific clinical or research areas will also be assigned to each fellow under the direction of the program director.

Opportunities for Fellows

Providing outstanding research training is a major objective of this fellowship program. The fellow is given a minimum of 12 months of protected time for research. In an effort to provide the greatest development for trainees as researchers, their research block rotations have been designed so that clinical involvement is limited to no more than 10% of the their time.

Our current research goals and expectations are listed below:

  • For all fellows to have as a research mentor, an established scientist with extensive extramural funding in the form of NIH grants or other large non-University of Iowa sources. This approach is expected to mentor the fellow to become an independent, funded investigator.
  • For each fellow to be given the opportunity for structured basic laboratory and/or clinical research through reserved blocked times. This time will enhance the fellows’ understanding of the latest scientific techniques and to encourage interaction with other scientists.

Databases are maintained by the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Unit. Examples of previous clinical studies include the use of tocolysis in women with PROM, low-dose aspirin for multiple gestation, dose of oxytocin for induction and augmentation of labor, and placebo-controlled trials of the terbutaline pump and the home uterine monitor. Currently, studies are being carried out on a fetal fibronectin and early versus later umbilical cord clamping (NIH supported).

In addition, our department supports a Women’s Health Tissue Repository. As part of this, women are enrolled into a Maternal-Fetal Tissue Bank. Longitudinal samples are collected throughout gestation. Clinical and sample databases are maintained. These samples have been the source for many studies including research into preeclampsia, obesity, and prematurity.

Laboratory opportunities are extensive and all fellows are encouraged to participate. There is sufficient time, laboratory space, and financial support for research endeavors by fellows. Perinatal research is being conducted by members of the Division and the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, Anesthesia, Genetics, Psychiatry, Orthopedics, and Epidemiology. Most laboratories on campus are open to fellow participation. A large number of university-wide "core" facilities have been established. The Division maintains active laboratories in biochemical and molecular biological studies

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