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Dr. Louis Muglia

President and CEO - Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Louis Muglia, MD PhD is President and CEO of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, an independent nonprofit research foundation. As a world-renowned clinician, academic and scientist, Dr. Muglia has done seminal work in understanding the molecular timing machinery comprising the biological clock that determines the timing for birth, and how this is shaped by the environment, to prevent or better treat human preterm labor and delivery utilizing genetic and comparative genomic approaches.

Dr. Muglia has been recipient of numerous awards including the Society of Pediatric Research Young Investigator Award, and election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and Association of American Physicians. In 2010, Dr. Muglia was elected to Fellow in the American Association for the advancement of Science. In 2013, Dr. Muglia was elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine. He has been the recipient of outstanding faculty mentor awards on 7 occasions including Senior Faculty Mentor Award at Cincinnati Children’s, and served as chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors to the NICHD.

Dr. Muglia earned his Doctor of Medicine (1988) and Doctor of Philosophy (1986) degrees from the University of Chicago and his Bachelor of Science degree in biophysics from the University of Michigan in 1981.

His earlier positions and appointments include:

  • Vice Chair for Research, Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation
  • Director of the Division of Human Genetics and Co-Director of the Perinatal Institute
  • Director of the Center for Prevention of Preterm Birth at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine


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Dr. S. Shantha Kumari

MBBS, MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Dr. Shantha Kumari Sekaran is a senior gynecologist and laparoscopic surgeon and is a Senior Consultant Surgeon at Yashoda Hospitals in Hyderabad, India. She is the President Elect of Federation of Obstetric and Gynecological Societies of India (FOGSI), the largest conglomerate of Ob/Gyn practitioners in India. A successful clinician, academic and administrator, Dr. Shantha has been working tirelessly to address maternal mortality in India to bring accessible, preventive care to women in rural areas in collaboration with Governments, private healthcare operators and not for profit institutions.

A very able administrator, Dr. Shantha has played a very instrumental role in numerous administrative bodies of Obstetricians and Gynecologists globally as well as in India.

Post her MBBS, Dr. Shantha received her MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Kasturba Medical College, Manipal.

Some of the key positions, Dr. Shantha held include:

  • Chairperson, Indian College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ICOG)
  • Chairperson, Clinical Education Committee of Indian Menopausal Society (IMS)
  • Managing Committee Member, Indian Association of Gynecological Endoscopists (IAGE)
  • National Editor, The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology of India
  • Member, FIGO Working Group on “Violence Against Women”


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Dr. Amy Murtha

MD - Chair, UCSF Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Amy Murtha, the Chair of UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences. Dr. Amy Murtha is a preterm birth researcher and is specialized in maternal and fetal medicine. As a researcher, Dr. Murtha's focus is on identifying the best ways to diagnose and care for patients at risk for preterm birth, particularly for pregnancies complicated by the premature rupture of the fetal membranes. She will be assisting CognitiveCare to prevent maternal and infant health risks by early detection of disease.

Dr. Murtha is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics; Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Society for Reproductive Investigations; Infectious Disease Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology; Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society; Preterm Birth International Collaborative; and Perinatal Research Society.

Dr. Murtha has earned her medical degree from the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, which is now Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Murtha has been the recipient of numerous awards and publications during her fellowship at Duke.

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