Research

At the Midwest Fetal Care Center, our team is committed to research to improve outcomes for mothers and babies facing high-risk pregnancies.

Our physicians and research staff are actively researching ways to improve fetal diagnosis, therapeutic interventions, and outcomes. Our center is dedicated to forwarding the field of prenatal diagnosis and treatment by undertaking investigator-initiated research at our center, as well as by participating in a variety of collaborative research studies and clinical trials with the wider fetal therapy community.

The Midwest Fetal Care Center is an active member of the North American Fetal Therapy Network (NAFTNet), an association of top medical centers with proven expertise in fetal surgery and other fetal care services. The goal of NAFTNet is to foster collaborative research in fetal medicine, and is funded in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Our Specialists and Publications

Our fetal specialists are active in national fetal therapy associations and have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals as experts in their fields. To learn more about the individual expertise and research background of our clinical team, please visit the Meet the Team page.

For a list of our center’s recent peer-reviewed publications, visit our collection on PubMed.

Contact our research team

If you would like to learn more about participating in a research study or clinical trial at the Midwest Fetal Care Center, ask your doctor. You may also email our research team directly with any inquiries:

Ongoing Collaborative Research Studies

Spina Bifida Research

The purpose of this data registry is to collect and analyze data regarding natural history, indications for fetal interventions, and fetal outcomes associated fetal repair of spina bifida.

  • Lead Center: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Lead Investigator: Julie Moldenhauer, MD
  • Midwest Fetal Care Center Investigator: Joseph Lillegard , MD, PhD
  • Sponsors: NAFTnet, NIH

The purpose of this observational study is to determine the prevalence and profile of sleep-disordered breathing among neonates with fetal versus post-natal spina bifida repair.

  • Lead Center: C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital, University of Michigan
  • Lead Investigator: Renee Shellhaas, MD
  • Midwest Fetal Care Center Investigators: Joseph Lillegard, MD, PhD and Joseph Petronio, MD
  • Sponsors: NAFTnet, NIH

Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome Research

The purpose of this data registry is to collect and analyze data regarding natural history, indications for fetal interventions, and fetal outcomes associated with complicated monochorionic twin pregnancy.

  • Lead Center: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Lead Investigator: William Goodnight, MD
  • Midwest Fetal Care Center Investigators: James Fisher, MD and Saul Snowise, MD
  • Sponsors: NAFTnet

Fetal Cardiology Research

The purpose of this observational study is to assess whether fetal echocardiography measurements can predict which babies with d-TGA will have low oxygen levels after birth and which babies will be stable.

  • Lead Center: University of Utah
  • Lead Investigator: Fetal Heart Society
  • Midwest Fetal Care Center Investigator: Lisa Howley, MD
  • Sponsor: Fetal Heart Society

The purpose of this observational study is to determine the probability of a normal pregnancy outcome after SVT treatment. Learn more about this study.

  • Lead Center: The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Lead Investigator: Edgar Jaeggi, MD
  • Midwest Fetal Care Center Investigator: Lisa Howley, MD
  • Sponsor: Fetal Heart Society

The purpose of this clinical trial is to validate the use of umbilical cord blood as a source of autologous cells for the purpose of cardiac repair of congenital heart disease. Learn more about this study.

  • Lead Center: Mayo Clinic
  • Lead Investigator: Susana Cantero Peral, MD, PhD
  • Midwest Fetal Care Center Investigator: Lisa Howley, MD

Other Fetal Research

The purpose of this clinical trial is to investigate if delivery at 35 weeks in stable patients with gastroschisis is superior to observation and expectant management with a goal of delivery at 38 weeks. Learn more about this study.

  • Lead Center: Children’s Hospital and Health System, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Lead Investigator: Amy Wagner, MD
  • Midwest Fetal Care Center Investigator: Joseph Lillegard, MD, PhD
  • Sponsors: NAFTnet, NIH, March of Dimes

The purpose of this observational study is to determine whether isolated aqueductal stenosis (AS) can be accurately diagnosed prenatally by use of ultrasound, MRI and maternal genetic and serologic testing in the mid-trimester.

  • Lead Center: Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Lead Investigator: Stephen P. Emery, MD
  • Midwest Fetal Care Center Investigator: Joseph Petronio, MD
  • Sponsor: NAFTnet

ADDRESS

Midwest Fetal Care Center
902 E 26th Street, Suite 1700
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Map & Directions

Located in the first floor front entrance of The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Children’s Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Services provided by Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

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