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Former U.S. Rep. Schwarz lauds WSU's Perinatology Research Branch in recent op-ed

March 9, 2014

Dr. John Schwarz, a former U.S. Representative, opined about the need to call for effective and immediate action to bring down Michigan's infant mortality rate, which stands at seven deaths for every 1,000 babies born, worse than 36 other states. He writes: "It's no coincidence that Michigan is home to the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Perinatology Research Branch, operated by Wayne State University and housed at Hutzel Women's Hospital in Detroit. It is NIH's only center in the nation for advanced research and treatment of at-risk mothers and their babies. More than 20,000 pregnant women from across the state have been treated at the Perinatology Research Branch over the past 15 years. And Wayne State, last year, was selected over Yale University to receive a $165.9 million 10-year NIH contract to continue the work. Hutzel Women's Hospital delivers more at-risk babies than any hospital in the state, more than 4,500 every year, providing the caseload that the Perinatology Research Branch requires to conduct its cutting-edge work.