Mother Infant Research Institute (MIRI)
Our mission is to transform the health of the next generation by integrating fetal information from pre-conception onwards to diagnose and treat illnesses that affect people throughout their lives.
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The lifelong consequences of the intimate and unique biological relationship between mother and baby during pregnancy.
Medical research has already established that events that occur at critical stages of human development in the womb influence the later occurrence of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis and inflammatory disorders, such as asthma, in both childhood and adulthood.
The in-utero environment has a profound influence on the developing fetus, altering his or her gene expression and therefore affecting lifelong health. Pregnancy is also a “stress test” for later health problems in the mother, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
MIRI’s Guiding Principle
Clinical and translational multi-disciplinary research to ensure healthy pregnancies, full-term deliveries, and normal birth weights will positively affect both health and health care costs for millions of people over multiple generations.
MIRI’s Major Objectives
To create new knowledge that translates to improved clinical care
To train young physicians and scientists in the conduct of research
MIRI Is Unique
No other multidisciplinary research institute in the US combines Pediatrics and Obstetrics.
MIRI’s research draws on the seamless integration of care for pregnant women, children, & adults at Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children.
Noninvasive Prenatal Testing May Also Detect Some Maternal Cancers
A new study by Executive Director of MIRI, Diana Bianchi, MD found that prenatal genetic test results may also detect underlying conditions in the mother, including cancer.
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