Why Mothers Deliver Early

Our preterm birth research is featured in the Fall/Winter 2015 Columbia Medicine Alumni Magazine along with all of our Columbia colleagues working towards understanding and reducing the burden of preterm birth.

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Myers Lab Open Positions Fall 2016

The Myers lab has open graduate research positions in reproductive biomechanics. The job tasks include: the mechanical testing of collagenous tissues, investigating steroid hormone and extracellular matrix biochemistry, hyperelastic material constitutive modeling, analysis of the growth and remodeling of biologic tissues, and finite element modeling. Please contact kmm2233@columbia.edu with your CV if interested.

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New Publication Online – Finite Element Study of Pregnancy

Find our new finite element study of pregnancy on-line in Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering. This study calculates the mechanical loading on the cervix for two pregnant patients, using geometry derived from MRI scans and material parameters from our previous experiments.

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New Publications in Press

1. The Mechanical Role of the Cervix in Pregnancy – A Review

2. A Continous Fiber Distribution Material Model for Human Cervix

3. Analyzing Three-Dimensional Ultrastructure of Human Cervical Tissue Using Optical Coherence Tomography

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Dr. Joy Vink selected as a Louis V. Gerstner Jr. Scholar

Our clinical collaborator, Dr. Joy Vink has been selected as a 2015 Louis V. Gerstner Jr. Scholar. This program supports physician-scientists at the Columbia University Medical Center to conduct translational research designed to bring new treatments for patients.

Congratulations Dr. Vink!

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Dr. Myers wins NSF CAREER Award

Great news! Dr. Myers recently won the NSF CAREER award for her project, “Growth and Remodeling of the Uterine Cervix during Pregnancy”.

This award will help support our ongoing investigation of the underlying causes of preterm cervical remodeling. Specifically, this work will focus on determining the biochemical and mechanical property changes that occur under various hormonal cues during pregnancy.

Congratulations Dr. Myers!

Columbia Engineering | Professor Myers Wins NSF CAREER Award

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Preterm Birth Statistics – Updated Nov. 2014

The World Health Organization released new statistics on the rate of preterm birth around the world. The bottom line is preterm birth rates are still high. About 15 million babies are born preterm every year. In 2013 almost 1 million babies died from complications related to preterm birth. Increased knowledge on the cause of preterm and better solutions to prevent it from happening are much needed.

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Publication Alert: Collagen Crosslinks and Tensile Structural Properties in Mouse Cervix Throughout Gestation

Our paper titled, “Quantitative Evaluation of Collagen Crosslinks and Corresponding Tensile Mechanical Properties in Mouse Cervical Tissue during Normal Pregnancy” has been published in the open source journal, PLOS ONE. Here, we report our findings on both mature and immature collagen crosslink density throughout mouse gestation and how it correlates to tensile structural properties.

Thank you to our collaborators and co-authors for your contributions!

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Collaborative Effort – Columbia Medical Center and School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS)

The Myers lab is featured in this Summer’s edition of Connections (pages 7-8) – a Newsletter from the Columbia University Medical Center Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The article details our collaborative relationship with clinicians and scientists to unravel the causes of preterm birth. Here, we discuss how we use our finite elements models of pregnancy to understand how the cervix acts as a mechanical barrier to protect the fetus.

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