WALTHAM, Mass. December 18, 2019 – As part of the company’s ongoing support of research to reduce preterm birth and preeclampsia and associated complications, AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAG) today announced it has awarded four grants totaling nearly $300,000 to independent researchers in the field.
“Preterm birth is the leading cause of infant morbidity and mortality, and over the past few years the March of Dimes report card has shown that U.S. preterm birth rates have risen,” said Brian Robinson, M.D., senior vice president of medical affairs at AMAG. “Preeclampsia has also been increasing in the U.S and is a major contributor to preterm birth, as well as maternal complications, including mortality.[i] AMAG is committed to maternal health and furthering research in this underserved area of medicine.”
The 2019 grant recipients were selected by an independent external review panel of maternal fetal medicine specialists with extensive research experience. The panel was chaired by George Saade, M.D., Professor, Obstetrics/Gynecology and Cell Biology at The University of Texas Medical Branch.
“I continue to be impressed by the quality of applicants for AMAG’s Research Grants Program, which is now in its sixth consecutive year,” said Dr. Saade. “With AMAG’s contribution, this research will provide clinicians with insights and knowledge to better understand these conditions, which negatively impact pregnancy and necessitate support for additional research.”
The following four investigators and studies have been awarded grants:
- Jaipal Singh, Ph.D., Director at Indiana Center for Biomedical Innovation at Indiana University School of Medicine and Jennifer Sasser, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center are both researching pharmacological and molecular validation of dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase as a therapeutic target for preeclampsia;
- Rupsa C. Boelig, M.D., M.S. Assistant Professor Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Walter K. Kraft, M.D. Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Leonard Edelstein, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine all of Thomas Jefferson University are researching aspirin for prevention of preeclampsia: individual determinants of platelet response and pregnancy outcomes;
- Jennifer Condon, Ph.D., Associate Professor with Tenure in collaboration with Gil Mor, M.D., Ph.D., Scientific Director, C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development, Vice Chair of Research John M. Malone Jr., M.D. Endowed Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Wayne State University School of Medicine both are researching targeting circulating GRP78 as a novel agent to prevent preterm labor;
- Anum Minhas M.D., Cardiology Fellow, Allison Hays, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Arthur Vaught, M.D., Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics and Sammy Zakaria, M.D., MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology Department of Medicine all of Johns Hopkins Medicine will be researching novel imaging methods to understand the association of preeclampsia and cardiovascular disease.
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[i] Stevens W, Shih T, Incerti D, et al. Short-term costs of preeclampsia to the United States health care system. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2017