San Francisco March 23-24, 2015
Florence May 8 - 10, 2015
OPERA is an international, interdisciplinary program of women’s health researchers, care providers, foundations and international agencies dedicated to developing inexpensive, accessible and early in pregnancy diagnoses to identify those women most at risk for an adverse pregnancy outcome such as preterm birth (PTB), premature rupture of membranes, pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, or intrauterine growth restriction, and to developing effective, low-cost interventions to mitigate the risks. OPERA’s initial efforts focus on populations of vulnerable women in any jurisdiction. An initiative of the Preterm Birth International Collaborative (PREBIC), OPERA receives support from the Worldwide Universities Network and the March of Dimes (MOD) and is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO).
OPERA intends to build a sustainable international organization that will provide guidance, infrastructure and support for numerous local/regional studies of vulnerable women that will develop evidence to 1) determine how to assess risk for preterm birth and other adverse pregnancy outcomes simply, inexpensively and as early as possible in pregnancy, 2) to identify the top 20% women at risk (with 80% precision), and 3) to introduce and evaluate effective, low-cost, regionally and culturally-sensitive interventions to reduce the risks and improve pregnancy outcomes. OPERA is not a funding organization but instead provides support in terms of special skills, study design, data evaluation and sharing between studies, guidance, advocacy, informs about best practices and communicates discoveries and achievements to partners and target audiences.
The OPERA concept was developed by PREBIC during group meetings at the WHO headquarters in Geneva in 2013 and 2014. The group involved representatives from MOD, GO-NET (Global Obstetrics Network), and GAPPS (Global Alliance for the Prevention of Prematurity and Stillbirth). The first OPERA international organizational meeting will be held in San Francisco March 23-24, 2015 to bring together a larger group of international researchers and organizations for the purpose of discussing the OPERA agenda, organizational structure, first projects and business development plan. From this guidance, an OPERA Working Plan will be developed at the annual PREBIC meeting in Florence May 8 - 10, 2015.