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DC Perinatal Consortium

a unique population working on health issues of relevance to District residents


Catherine Limperopoulos, Ph.D., Director of the Developing Brain Institute at Children’s National, leads the DC Perinatal Consortium. Her seminal research illuminated for the first time the alarming effects of prenatal maternal stress during pregnancy, impairing and altering fetal brain growth and leading to adverse peripartum outcomes.

In light of these troubling findings, Dr. Limperopoulos spearheaded the development of the DC Perinatal Consortium to address the critical unmet need for better screening and tailored interventions in this high-risk population.

The Consortium aims to move this work into the obstetric setting, recognizing that depression during pregnancy is the strongest predictor of postpartum depression.



DC Perinatal Consortium at a glance

  • Clinicians, scientists and collaborators situated in the District, a unique population working on health issues of relevance to District residents (e.g., health disparities)
  • Leveraging physical proximity to Capitol Hill and federal agencies like the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration to advocate for women and babies
  • Bringing together leading physicians and scientists from across disciplines and hospitals to advance clinical research in maternal and child health
  • Developing a focused clinical research roadmap
  • Promoting coordinated, synergistic relationships to maximize efficiency, productivity and support across disciplines
  • Consolidating human and technological resources
  • Galvanizing opportunities for multi-site research studies
  • Educating tomorrow’s leaders and the next generation of clinician-scientists






DC Perinatal Consortium Steering Committee

 

Children’s National Hospital More about this partner

Catherine Limperopoulos, Ph.D.
Director of the Developing Brain Institute at Children’s National More about this partner

Adré J. du Plessis, M.B.Ch.B.
Division Chief of the Prenatal and Transitional Program, Children’s National More about this partner

Nickie Niforatos-Andescavage, M.D.
Attending, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Director, Neonatal Transport, Children’s National More about this partner

Howard University More about this partner

Guoyang Luo, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Howard University College of Medicine
More about this partner

Melissa H. Fries, M.D.
Reproductive geneticist and high-risk obstetrician, MedStar Health More about this partner

Helain Jody Landy, M.D.
Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital More about this partner

Sibley Memorial Hospital More about this partner

Rita Wesley Driggers, M.D.
Medical Director Maternal Fetal Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Sibley Memorial Hospital; Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics More about this partner

The George Washington University More about this partner

Nancy D. Gaba, M.D., FACOG
the Oscar I. and Mildred S. Dodek and Joan B. and Oscar I Dodek Jr. Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the George Washington University More about this partner