Preterm Birth International Collaborative
Mission, Vision and Values
The Preterm Birth International Collaborative (PREBIC) aims to advance the scientific foundations of preterm birth through global networking in order to improve pregnancy and birth outcomes.
The core beliefs of PREBIC are to advance scientific knowedge to prevent preterm birth through open, global collaborative research based on the principles of open communication, trust and honesty.
Through our mission and vision, PREBIC aims to optimise newborn health and long-term development for mothers and children.
PREBIC, through its collaboration with the WHO, will develop networks for global sample collection for PTB research and assist WHO to develop and promote global public policy for PTB prevention.
PREBIC aims to mobilise existing resources to advance preterm birth prevention research.
The values of PREBIC are to:
- Develop global collaborative research into preterm birth
- Create a community of researchers to increase our understanding of the mechanisms leading to PTB
- Stimulate scientific enquiry to enhance our understanding of the mechanisms leading to preterm birth
- Create scientific guidelines for global collaborative research in preterm birth
- Engage international collaborative research to prevent preterm birth
- Facilitate collaborative using transdisciplary approaches to improve knowledge into preterm birth
- To expedite preterm birth research by combining the resources of multiple research groups across multiple geographic populations
- Encourage young researchers to work in international collaborative multidisciplinary teams to advance knowledge to prevent preterm birth
PREBIC is an organization of volunteers, who have dedicated their time, efforts and resources, from various fields that include, epidemiologists, Obstetrics and gynecology, Perinatology, neonatology, systems biology and genetics, reproductive biology and immunology and other related fields and leaders of various organizations interested in reduction of preterm birth rate as our community members.
PREBIC started as a gathering of perinatal epidemiologists in 2003 and grew as a multidisciplinary organization in 2004 during the second workshop organized by a group of Danish Perinatal Researchers in Denmark. PREBIC under the leadership of Ramkumar Menon, translated into a not for profit organization registered under charitable acts in USA in 2006 with a mission and vision aimed to reduce the incidence of preterm birth. PREBIC is supported by World Health Organization’s Reproductive Health Research Branch and organize workshops and educational activities to identify knowledge gaps that prevents us from reducing the risk of preterm births.