Press Releases

How maternal Zika infection results in newborn microcephalyNov 14, 2019
A new study revealed how in utero Zika virus infection can lead to microcephaly in newborns. The team discovered that the Zika virus protein NS4A disrupts brain growth by hijacking a pathway that regulates the generation of new neurons.
New therapeutic strategy may help PTEN mutation symptomsOct 21, 2019
A new study offers a potential new approach to therapy for children with mutations in PTEN who exhibit autism, macrocephaly (an abnormally large skull), intellectual disability and epilepsy.
NIH grant to fund fetal growth restriction detection studyAug 6, 2019
Researchers were awarded $3.2 million by the National Institutes of Health to develop an improved way to evaluate umbilical venous blood flow using 3D and Doppler ultrasound techniques. 
Folic acid reduces risk of defects linked to dolutegravirJul 23, 2019
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine suspected that folic acid could be a part of the puzzle of dolutegravir’s negative side effects.
Visualization of placental microbes reveal sparse communityJun 6, 2019
Baylor researchers used imaging techniques to visualize sparse microbes in the placenta, which they and other researchers speculate may contribute to key functions in pregnancy, including immunity.
Researchers analyze impact of newborn genomic screeningJan 3, 2019
As genomic sequencing becomes increasingly popular and accessible, an effort called the BabySeq Project aims to explore the medical, behavioral, economic and ethical impacts of adding genomic sequencing to the roster of screenings for newborns.
Dr. Kjersti Aagaard awarded mentor award from NatureDec 19, 2018
Dr. Kjersti Aagaard has been honored with a 2018 Nature Award for Mentoring in Science.
Thanksgiving foods to avoid during pregnancyNov 13, 2018
For a mom to be, Thanksgiving Day may seem like a dream come true, but an expert at Baylor College of Medicine says pregnant women should avoid overindulging on Thanksgiving foods for the sake of themselves and their unborn babies.
$2 million grant to fund Pregnancy Resuscitation ProgramSep 6, 2018
Dr. Peter Nielsen received a five-year, $2 million grant to develop a program to train specialists and emergency responders who treat women who experience cardiac arrest during pregnancy.
Baylor, BillionToOne collaborate for non-invasive prenatal testMay 16, 2018
In an effort to provide safe testing to expecting mothers, Baylor College of Medicine is collaborating with BillionToOne in a joint clinical study of a novel, non-invasive blood test that detects sickle cell disease during pregnancy.
Marmoset monkey model of Zika virus infection offers new insights into the human conditionMay 3, 2018
A team of researchers found a novel marmoset model of human Zika virus infection offers new opportunities for better understanding of how the virus causes congenital disease in humans.
Formate prevents most folic acid-resistant neural tube defectsMay 1, 2018
New findings support the search for supplements that might prevent folic acid-resistant human neural tube defects in the future.
How to manage emotional rollercoaster of infertility Apr 18, 2018
Dr. Sohye Kim offers advice on how to handle the emotional effects of infertility.
Potential new strategy to fight ovarian cancer foundMar 28, 2018
A new discovery opens the possibility of developing a novel way to fight ovarian cancer.
Talking to your teen about her growing bodyMar 22, 2018
Girls Elevated will aim to give parents and young girls tips on how to effectively talk about bodies changing to help make growing up a little easier.
Substance addiction changes mother’s response to infantJul 26, 2017
Researchers found that a mother’s brain response to her own infant is modified in the presence of substance addiction.
International genetics symposium launches in Hong KongMay 17, 2017
The world’s top geneticists will come together for the first-ever Joint Symposium in Clinical Genetics May 19 - 21, 2017 in Hong Kong. 
Baylor-Malawi partnership to expand obstetric services May 8, 2017
Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Global Women’s Health Initiative are increasing global health efforts in Malawi with a new maternity operating room in the capital city of Lilongwe.
Circadian clock changes can alter body’s response to dietMay 2, 2017
Researchers have discovered that changing the circadian clock in mouse liver can alter how the body responds to diet and also change the microbes living in the digestive track.
Gene mutation may be linked to unexplained female infertilityMar 21, 2017
Researchers have uncovered a gene mutation that may provide answers to unexplained female infertility.