MATERNAL FETAL MEDICINE UNITS NETWORK (MFMU)
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Thom, Ph.D.
The Biostatistics Center is responsible for providing support to the National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) Perinatal MFMU Network. The Network, established in 1986, was designed to focus on clinical questions in maternal-fetal medicine and obstetrics, particularly with respect to the continuing problem of preterm birth. The Biostatistics Center has been the Biostatistical Coordinating Center (BCC) for the MFMU Network since 1986 and is funded by a cooperative agreement with NICHD.
The MFMU Network consists of fourteen national university medical centers, also funded under five year cooperative agreements, and has implemented more than 24 research projects encompassing randomized clinical trials, cohort studies and registries. Dr. Elizabeth Thom, Principal Investigator, is a member of the MFMU Network Steering Committee, which also includes the Principal Investigator from each of the clinical centers, as well as the NICHD project officer. The BCC participates in the scientific and clinical research process of the Network, including protocol design, development and implementation, data management, study closeout and data analysis.)