Meet the winners of NICHD Decoding Maternal Morbidity Data Challenge

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In 2021, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) launched the Decoding Maternal Morbidity Data Challenge on to help advance research on maternal health and promote healthy pregnancies. The goal of the challenge was to devise new ways of analyzing data from NICHD’s Nulliparous Pregnancy Outcomes Study: Monitoring Mothers-to-be (nuMoM2b) to identify factors that impact maternal morbidity and severe maternal morbidity so that clinicians can more quickly and accurately identify and treat pregnancy-related conditions and prevent severe illness or death for a pregnant person. Twelve prizes totaling $400,000 were awarded to seven proposals.

Topic Areas

The goal of the challenge is not to replicate prior findings but to focus on new discoveries using the nuMoM2b data. Potential areas for exploration include prescription drug use, diet, the quality of healthcare including health provider, insurance or access to healthcare, risk factors for adverse outcomes, and the intersection of multiple factors.

Because maternal mortality and maternal morbidity adversely impact disadvantaged racial and ethnic minorities at a much higher rate than other groups, additional credit was given to solutions addressing these communities.

Seven prizes of $50,000 were awarded for innovation, and an additional five prizes of $10,000 were awarded for health disparities. The following are winning teams/individuals; asterisks denote winners of both prize categories:

Columbia University and Hunter College, New York City

On Predicting and Understanding Preeclampsia: a Machine Learning Approach

Ansaf Salleb-Aouissi, Ph.D., Team Lead (Columbia)

Adam Catto (Hunter)

Daniel Mallia (Hunter)

Itsik Pe’er (Columbia)

Anita Raja (Hunter)

Andrea Sevilla (Columbia)

Ron Wapner (Columbia)


Delfina, San Francisco*

Random Forests for Accurate Prediction of the Risk of Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy at Term

Ali Ebrahim, Ph.D., Team Lead

Anna Buford

Senan Ebrahim

Adesh Kadambi

Timothy Wen


Emory University, Atlanta*

Social Determinants of Health Phenotype Predicts Unplanned Cesarean Birth in the Path to Maternal Morbidity Among Healthy Participants of the NuMoM2be Study

Nicole Carlson, Ph.D., Team Lead

Elise Erickson


Feng Ya, LLC, Watkinsville, Georgia

A Fair Diagnosis Proposal of Maternal Morbidity with a Demonstrative Example in Predicting Stillbirths

Yaping Li, Team Lead

Yueying Wang

Zhao Wang

Ruochi Zhang


IBM Data Science and AI Elite, San Francisco*

Outcomes Among Nulliparous Women

Ainesh Pandey, Team Lead

Demian Gass

Gabriel Gillin

Andre Violante


Johnston and Company, LLC, Salt Lake City*

The Relationship Between Marginalizing Behaviors and Postpartum Complications for Nulliparous Women Receiving an Undesired C-section

Britnee Johnston


University of Washington, Seattle*

Structural Equation Model Identifies Causal Pathways Between Social Determinants of Maternal Health, Biomarkers of Allostatic Load, and Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy among U.S. Racial Groups

Monica Keith, Ph.D., Team Lead

Melanie Martin is proud to have partnered with NICHD and Adiona to support the launch and execution of this challenge. 

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Postat: 18 decembrie, 2021


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