The Preterm Birth International Collaborative is composed of leading researchers, clinicians and clinical academics from Europe, Asia, North America, South America, and Australia. The vibrant and collegial nature of the annual meeting and workshops leads to open, dynamic and innovative discussion regarding the current limitations and problems in preterm birth research, and identifies new solutions to these issues. By combining basic scientists, statisticians, clinicians and policy makers, PREBIC is able to draw upon a unique knowledge base to create solutions that work from bench to bedside.
Collaborative members meet ‘face-to-face’ at annual and satellite meetings, but keep in contact through out the year via video-conferencing, email and secure online working group forums. Collaborative members also participate in working-groups both at meetings and through out the year; these groups reflect the vision of PREBIC to improve pregnancy and birth outcomes, and optimize infant health development to assure optimal adult health. To date, working groups have focused upon genetics, biomarkers, systems biology, immunobiology, animal models and international partnerships.
In 2013, PREBIC members will be able to be part of five working groups:
PREBIC also supports students and early career researchers – each year PREBIC holds a scientific session specifically for the presentation of research conducted by the next generation of scientists and clinicians.