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Making Strides at MWRI

April 30, 2021


Woman in MWRI Lab

Since HHF was awarded a $6 million grant from The Erie Community Foundation to help launch Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI) Erie in 2019, we have been busy bringing important research and job opportunities to Erie.

Between the affiliated research teams at UPMC Hamot and Penn State Behrend, 18 new jobs have been created to date, attracting both local and national talent.

Construction is now complete on MWRI Erie's brand-new research facilities at Magee-Womens, UPMC Hamot, which will further expand the research capabilities. The Clinical and Translational Research Center is located on the first floor of the hospital, with the Obstetrical Specimen Procurement Unit on the third floor.  


Vital topics in women’s health covered by current research projects at MWRI Erie include:

  • Heart Health 4 New Moms
  • MOMI Biobank
  • Mesh Complications Biobank
  • Evidence-Based Toolkit for Nursing Home Care of Residents With Obesity
  • SCOOP3 — Study of postoperative cognitive impairment
  • ASPIRe — Posthysterectomy vaginal prolapse   
  • MERIT Trial — Enhancing surgical outcomes after prolapse repair

This work is sustained by The Erie Community Foundation grant, numerous private funders, the Hirtzel Foundation, Penn State Behrend, UPMC, UPMC Hamot, and Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation.