Alison Cahill, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and division chief of maternal-fetal medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, will deliver this year’s March of Dimes Annual Lecture on “Finding the Uterine Pacemaker.”
The session will take place from 1 – 2 pm today in Hall D.
Dr. Cahill and colleagues at the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center in St. Louis are studying why contractions start early for some women and lead to preterm birth. The researchers, drawing inspiration from cardiac imaging, have looked into the feasibility of creating images of the uterine surface as a way to study the electrical properties of uterine contractions.
This afternoon’s lecture will discuss these ongoing initiatives to better understand contractions and labor and review how discoveries made through this research can improve understanding of preterm labor and labor, in general. The session will also explore the current evidence for contractions in clinical practice and the existing knowledge gaps.