Research Talent Magnet

WSU Perinatology Center



“We look for candidates who want to pursue a career in academic medicine,” said Sonia Hassan, M.D., associate dean for maternal, perinatal and child health for the WSU School of Medicine.

The Perinatology Research Branch (PRB) of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health, housed at Wayne State University, is the nation’s nerve center of cutting-edge maternal-fetal medical research and a key training ground for those who conduct such studies.

The PRB offers highly sought fellowships to train physicians in providing specialized care in maternal-fetal medicine and prepare them for careers in academic medicine. The program develops tomorrow’s specialists in clinical care and high-caliber medical researchers responsible for the next wave of discoveries that advance perinatal medicine.


“After the three years, we hope that the fellows take away from the experience the desire to continue and perform research and make significant contributions to the field of maternal-fetal medicine,” said Sonia Hassan.

As of 2014, 72 fellows have been through the program. They have since taken their knowledge to places such as the Chaim Sheba Medical Center in Israel, the CHU de Quebec Research Center in Quebec, Yale University and the University of Texas.

In addition to immersion in clinical maternal-fetal medicine, each fellow conducts 18 months of intensive research. This way, the program develops physician-scientists who go on to improve patient care and pioneer the future of maternal-fetal medicine. The fellowship is a combined program between the PRB, Wayne State University and the Detroit Medical Center.