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Magee Obstetrical Maternal and Infant (MOMI) Database and Biobank

MOMI Research to Begin at Magee Womens, UPMC Hamot

The Magee Obstetrical Maternal and Infant (MOMI) database and biobank is an electronic database comprised of all deliveries at Magee Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. The MOMI biobank is established to collect and store obstetric biological samples including the placenta, maternal and fetal blood, amniotic fluid, the umbilical cord and other tissue samples which are generally thrown away following the birth of a child. 

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In partnership with the Magee Women’s Research Institute, our team at UPMC Hamot would like to use these vital tissues gathered after the birth of a child to demonstrate their influence on health that will last a lifetime.

While the current database is robust, we have the opportunity to increase the diversity of the patient population by adding births at Magee Womens, UPMC Hamot to the data and biobank repository for the future. The population of Northwestern Pennsylvania includes a rich mix of racial and ethnic heritages that will bring additional depth to the MOMI data and biobank. 

Researchers from many fields will have access to the data from MOMI to study a wide variety of medical issues. Some recent studies from Magee-Womens Research Institute include gestational weight gain recommendations tailored to maternal characteristics; ambient air pollution exposure impact on birth outcomes; fetal risk in women with gestational hypertension; relationship between preterm birth and later-life maternal cardiovascular disease risk; influence of lipid metabolism, inflammation, thrombosis, nutrition and psychosocial behavior in pregnancy and later-life maternal health.

This robust database can be used to study the relationships of many health and environmental factors over time to the health of women and children helping to target and prioritize investments in prevention and lower long-term costs of health care. Funding for the MOMI biobank at UPMC Hamot would be used to hire staff and the initial purchase of supplies and technology needed to start up the consent and data collection process and storage. This type of research project will be the first of many conducted at Magee-Womens Hospital at UPMC Hamot in partnership with Magee-Womens Research Institute as we broaden the scope of research done right here in our community.

It is critical that we lead with this project as it will give us the base of knowledge we need to conduct many other research projects in the future. Only your support can make this possible. Please consider making your donation today.