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National Institutes of Health awards Wayne State University 10-year contract to host and support Perinatology Research Branch of NICHD

February 17, 2013

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Wayne State University officials announced last night that the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health has awarded the University a second 10-year contract to continue housing the Perinatology Research Branch. The contract, awarded through a competitive bidding process, ensures the PRB will continue conducting critical perinatal and maternal-fetal medical research in Detroit through 2023. "This is terrific news," said Debbie Dingell, Chair of Wayne State University's Board of Governors. "A contract of this size gives us the resources to continue conducting groundbreaking research in this critical health area. Our record at the PRB has been extraordinary, and we look forward to more and more research that will help so many people." Added Wayne State President Allan Gilmour: "I would like to thank the exceptional people at Wayne State and our partners in the PRB whose daily efforts improve and save the lives of the most vulnerable among us. The renewal of Wayne State's contract is a testament to the confidence the NIH has in our people and the quality of our university." Dr. Valerie M. Parisi, dean of Wayne State's School of Medicine, said research conducted at the research branch "are changing medicine and saving lives around the world. Premature birth and its attending lifelong health problems in Michigan are so severe that Gov. Rick Snyder has made it, along with obesity, one of his administration's two top health priorities. Remaining the home of the Perinatology Research Branch ensures that Wayne State University continues to be on the front lines of the battle against preterm birth." br>