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Mother Infant Research Institute (MIRI)

MIRI's Focus

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.

Spotlight on MIRI Researchers

Jill Maron, MD conducts research at Tufts Medical Center.

Developing a novel genetic assay to assess premature infants' readiness to feed orally.

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Diana Bianchi, MD is a world-renowned researcher in maternal-fetal medicine at Tufts Medical Center.

Watch now: New study shows non-invasive prenatal DNA tests more accurate than current screenings.

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Michael House, MD of Mother Infant Research Institute at Tufts Medical Center.

In 2013, MIRI made major progress in achieving our goals to advance research, disseminate knowledge and develop therapies.

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Jill Maron, MD, MIRI Principal Investigator on tuftsmedcalcenter.tv video.

Breastfeeding: It's Complicated

MIRI Investigator Jill Maron, MD, MPH debunks the myth that breastfeeding comes easily and is instinctual to every newborn.

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