Louis Muglia, MD, PhD, Co-Director of the Perinatal Institute and Director of the Center for Prevention of Preterm Birth at Cincinnati Children’s,has been elected to membership in the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences.

Members are elected through a highly selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions in the advancement of the medical sciences, healthcare and public health. Muglia is one of 70 newly elected members this year, bringing the IOM’s total active membership to 1,753. 

He  joins six other current and recent faculty members at Cincinnati Children’s previously elected to the IOM: Uma Kotagal, MBBS, MSc , (2009), Arnold Strauss, MD, (2007), Alan Jobe, MD, PhD, (2007), Jeffrey A. Whitsett, MD, (2003), Thomas Boat, MD, now dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Vice President for Health Affairs, (2001), and Margaret Hostetter, MD, (2000).

Muglia has pioneered the in vivo analyses of regulation of the endocrine stress response and the molecular pathways leading to birth. His laboratory seeks to define the biological process controlling the timing for birth in humans. The composition of the biological clock that controls pregnancy duration remains a central question in reproductive biology.

Among Muglia’s achievements are more than 175 publications and many awards, including a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Development Award in the Biomedical Sciences, the Society of Pediatric Research Young Investigator Award, and election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and Association of American Physicians. In 2010, he was elected to Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is an active member of the Society for Pediatric Research, Society for Neuroscience, and the Pediatric Endocrine Society. Muglia currently serves as chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health.

In May, Muglia was appointed coordinating principal investigator for the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center – Ohio Collaborative, a new research program aimed exclusively at finding the unknown causes of premature birth. The March of Dimes is investing $10 million in the program over five years.  Cincinnati Children’s is one of five major Ohio universities and hospitals involved in the effort.

Prior to joining Cincinnati Children’s, Muglia was Edward Claiborne Stahlman Professor and Vice Chair for Research Affairs in Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  He earned his doctor of medicine (1988) and doctor of philosophy (1986) degrees from the University of Chicago, and his bachelor of science degree in biophysics from the University of Michigan (1981).

Written by Terry Loftus, Cincinnati Children’s. Contact: terrence.loftus@cchmc.org