OBGYN holds first distinguished lecture

May 1, 2011

Dr. Roberto Romero
Dr. Roberto Romero

The department of obstetrics and gynecology at BCM held its Inaugural Distinguished Lecture in Obstetrics and Gynecology April 20.

Entitled the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital Distinguished Lecture in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the event hosted renowned perinatologist Dr. Roberto Romero, chief of the Perinatology Research Branch and program director for Perinatal Research and Obstetrics in the Division of Intramural Research of the National Institutes of Health.

In front of BCM and Texas Children’s physicians, residents and medical students, Romero discussed the role of infection and inflammation as a cause of preterm labor, fetal injury and cerebral palsy.

"We have established this lecture to allow us to bring in distinguished researchers to speak about issues in our field that are of major importance," said Dr. Michael Belfort, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at BCM and obstetrician and gynecologist-in-chief at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women. "Dr. Romero presented some fascinating data on research involving neurological injury and therapy of brain injury from infection using anti-inflammatory medication delivered using nanoparticles."