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Dr. Amy Wagner Receives Grant for Multi-center Study on Delivery Timing and Outcomes of Pregnancies

Amy Wagner, MDAmy Wagner, MD, associate professor of surgery (pediatric surgery), has been awarded a five-year, $4.2 million new R01 grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development for the project titled, “Gastroschisis Outcomes of Delivery (GOOD) Study.” Dr. Wagner is the principal investigator for the GOOD Study, overseeing all participating centers across North America.

Gastroschisis, the most common congenital abdominal wall defect, is diagnosed by prenatal ultrasound after 14 weeks gestation. Approximately 1 out of every 4000 births is affected by gastroschisis, and the incidence is increasing. The GOOD study has the potential to affect the lives of the thousands of mothers and infants diagnosed with gastroschisis annually.

Currently, 26 hospitals/centers are participating in the study. Dr. Wagner is joined by the GOOD Study Steering Committee, which includes Anthony Johnson, DO (McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center/Houston & Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital), Barb Warner, MD (Washington University/St. Louis Children's Hospital), and Aniko Szabo, PhD, MCW professor of biostatistics.

The GOOD Study received pilot funding from the Department of Surgery’s We Care Fund in 2016.