About the PRC

Our Goals


To develop and evaluate new technologies that improve health care for women and their infants.


To strengthen inter-institutional collaborations and train and develop the next generation of research scientists.


To maintain flexibility in pursuing various sources of funding and be efficient, pragmatic and successful in our research.


To translate discoveries uncovered during clinical research into evidence-based changes in the practice of perinatal and women’s care.



The vision of the Perinatal Research Consortium is to develop and perform the highest quality research in perinatal and women’s health and serve as a valuable research resource for individual researchers, institutions and industries.


Our mission is to provide the infrastructure and expertise needed to efficiently and effectively develop important, innovative and cutting-edge research in perinatal and women’s health through a variety of study designs and diverse populations.


Over $20M in federal and industry funding secured since the PRC’s inception

Approximately 45,000 racially and ethnically diverse deliveries each year with over 30% being considered high-risk.

One SINGLE Institutional Review Board and Master Sub-Award Agreements



Through collaboration and relationships that expand opportunities for innovation and discovery, the PRC is able to accomplish much more together than each of our nine institutions would accomplish individually.

This level of collaboration strengthens the capacity of key institutions and brings the PRC to the forefront of perinatal and women’s health research by expanding the diversity and volume of patients, training and developing research scientists and promoting a culture where research is an expected part of patient care.

Together, we perform clinical research that leads to evidence-based changes in practice and continue to develop and evaluate new and cutting-edge technologies.

Our History

The Perinatal Research Consortium was founded in 2005, and initially consisted of four centers: Columbia University Medical Center, NY; Drexel University College of Medicine, PA; Christiana Care Health System, DE; and Saint Peter’s University Hospital, NJ. These centers were all participants in the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network (MFMU), and they expanded this infrastructure to support PRC activities.

The PRC member sites currently include:  Columbia University, NY; Christiana Care, DE; Saint Peter’s University Hospital, NJ; New York-Presbyterian Queens, NY; Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and New Jersey Medical School, NJ; Temple University, PA; Geisinger Medical Center, PA; Cooper University Health Care, NJ; Yale University, CT; and ICAHN School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The PRC is a founding member of the National Perinatal Research Consortium (NPRC) along with four other large research-based perinatal centers from across the country.