UNC OB/GYN Grand Rounds

"Non-Invasive Prenatal Diagnosis Using Cell-Free Nucleic Acids"

When Jun 08, 2011
from 02:30 PM to 03:30 PM
Where 4th Floor Clinic Auditorium
Contact Name Jennifer Davis
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Dr. Bianchi is the Executive Director of the Mother Infant Research Institute at Tufts Medical Center and the Natalie V. Zucker Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tufts University School of Medicine. She is also Vice Chair for Research and Academic Affairs in the Department of Pediatrics at the Floating Hospital for Children, Boston MA. She is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal, Prenatal Diagnosis.


Dr. Bianchi received her M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital, Boston and postdoctoral fellowship training in Medical Genetics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Harvard.   She is board-certified in all three specialties and is a practicing medical geneticist with an interest in prenatal diagnosis.

Dr. Bianchi’s translational cutting-edge research focuses on the causes and consequences of bi-directional trafficking of cells and cell-free nucleic acids between the pregnant woman and her fetus. She has published over 213 peer-reviewed articles, and is one of 3 authors of the book “Fetology: Diagnosis and Management of the Fetal Patient.”   This book won the Association of American Publishers award for best textbook in clinical medicine in 2000, and has been translated into Japanese. The second edition was published in April 2010 and is already in its third printing.

Dr. Bianchi is recognized locally, nationally and internationally for her leadership roles. She is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal, Prenatal Diagnosis.  She is currently Past President of the International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis. In 2008 she was made a member of the National Academy of Sciences of Argentina.  In 2010 she was elected as a member of the Association of American Physicians. Her national/international committee assignments and elected offices include: Council Member, Society for Pediatric Research (Genetics) (2002-2005); Council Member, American Pediatric Society (2006-2010); President, International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis (2006-2010); Member, Board of Trustees American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) (2002-2005); President, Perinatal Research Society (1998). Dr. Bianchi has received the Distinguished Faculty Award from Tufts University (2003) and was named an honorary member of both the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the American Pediatric Surgical Association due to her multi-disciplinary research interests.

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