PTBi California Funds Two Innovative Research Projects

The California Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi-CA) is committed to engaging academic and community investigators across a variety of disciplines and sectors to collaboratively tackle the complex problem of preterm birth. Twice a year, we issue a call for proposals through the UCSF Resource Allocation Program (RAP) for innovative, high impact research with strong potential to turn the curve on preterm birth and reduce birth outcome disparities in the city of Oakland, and counties of San Francisco and Fresno. Funding is available for UCSF researchers and community-based collaborators.

All proposals are evaluated by the PTBi-CA Community Advisory Board, a scientific review committee convened by RAP, and the PTBi-CA leadership team. For the previous award cycle occurring this past Fall 2016, we are pleased to announce that two projects have been selected for funding:

Milk, Growth and Microbiota: An RCT of Donor Milk vs. Formula to Supplement Breastfeeding Late Preterm Newborns 

Valerie Flaherman, MD, MPH | Department of Pediatrics, UCSF School of Medicine

EatSF: Fruit and Vegetable Vouchers to Support Pregnant Mothers in San Francisco with Food Security and Healthy Dietary Intake

Hilary Seligman, MD, MAS | Departments of Medicine, and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, UCSF School of Medicine

PTBi-CA will convene a spring workshop for all investigators funded in 2016, providing an opportunity for them to connect and learn about one another’s work. Additionally, a research symposium is planned for World Prematurity Day in November 2017 for all PTBi-CA investigators to share their results or works in progress.