Prematurity matters. It’s a life-threatening epidemic.

Each year across the world, one million preterm babies die within the first 28 days of life. Of the 14 million more preterm babies who survive, many are faced with a lifetime of serious health complications.

The UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi) is a multi-year research effort working to reduce the burden of prematurity in California and East Africa. PTBi engages in holistic, place-based research and respectful care across the reproductive life course.

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The next PTBi-CA funding opportunity will open January 29, 2018. Learn more about the previous request for proposals.


World Prematurity Day was November 17th, honoring families impacted by prematurity and raising awareness about this silent epidemic.

When Pregnant Women Use Alcohol and/or Drugs - a Dialogue


January 23, 5:00 – 7:00pm PST
Mission Hall, Room 1400 
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