Speaker Profile

M.D., Professor and Chair, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, UCSF

Dr. Amy Murtha specializes in maternal-fetal medicine, focused on managing the health concerns of mothers and fetuses before, during and shortly following pregnancy. She has a special interest in caring for women who have high-risk pregnancies, including preterm birth. Her research focus has been on understanding mechanisms that result in preterm premature rupture of membranes. After earning her degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, now Drexel University College of Medicine, she completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University Medical Center, where she also completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine. Honored with numerous awards following medical school, she went on to receive awards recognizing her research accomplishments and publications while at Duke. As the chair of Ob, Gyn & Reproductive Sciences at UCSF, she is committed to excellence in clinical care, education, research, advocacy and equity.

Preterm Birth: Shifting The Paradigm
This talk will provide an overview of our traditional approaches to discovery in preterm birth research and address shortfalls and opportunities to challenge our traditional approaches to understanding the etiology preterm birth both from a molecular level to a societal level.