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Dr. Kelly Gibson Awarded Renewal of $2.5 Million NIH Grant


A MetroHealth research team led by Kelly Gibson, MD – Director, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine – was recently awarded continued National Institutes of Health funding to participate in a prestigious national research network focused on improving pregnancy outcomes.

 This seven-year, $2.5 million grant supports Dr. Gibson and her collaborators’ work in the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute in Child Health and Human Development’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Units (MFMU) Research Network. Since its inception, the MFMU research network has conducted studies that have led to new knowledge and treatments, especially in the areas of prematurity prevention and pregnancy care.

“This continued support is a testament to our researchers’ commitment to ensuring the individuals we serve at MetroHealth and patients across the country experience safe, healthy pregnancies and births,” said Dr. Gibson, who is also an Associate Professor of Reproductive Biology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

MFMU network studies have changed the practice of obstetrics in the United States for more than 35 years and researchers in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at MetroHealth and Reproductive Biology at Case Western Reserve have participated in the MFMU research network for more than 20 years.

Recent and ongoing MFMU network studies include interventions to prevent preterm birth in twins, treatment of sleep apnea in pregnancy, opioid therapy after cesarean delivery, as well as evaluation of the impact of and treatments for H1N1, Varicella, hepatitis and cytomegalovirus infections, and, most recently, COVID-19 during pregnancy.

Building upon its reputation as one of the best obstetrics programs in the national, especially for high-risk pregnancies, MetroHealth recently opened a new, state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Birthing Center at The Glick Center, the System’s new main campus hospital in Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood. To learn more, visit

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Founded in 1837, MetroHealth is leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Cuyahoga County’s public, safety-net hospital system, MetroHealth meets people where they are, providing care through four hospitals, four emergency departments, and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites. Each day, our 8,000 employees focus on providing our community with equitable health care–through patient-focused research, access to care, and support services–that seeks to eradicate health disparities rooted in systematic barriers. For more information, visit