Symposium on Preterm Birth


2017 Annual Symposium on Preterm Birth

  • Theme: Racism and Prematurity
  • 1 week of meetings and events
  • 250 in attendance
  • 42 abstracts presented in the poster session
  • 3 program tracks focusing on the reproductive lifecourse

Symposium Book


See the full program book for details on presentations, programs, research abstracts and speaker information.

 Symposium Book

On November 17, 2017, the UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative hosted our second annual Symposium on Preterm Birth, bringing together over 250 researchers, community members and public health experts representing both the California and East Africa arms of the Preterm Birth Initiative. Surrounding the full-day symposium was a week of opportunities to learn and connect, including interactive workshops, roundtables, plenaries, poster sessions and talks, and culminating in a public rally at San Francisco City Hall.

The theme of this year’s symposium was Racism and Preterm Birth, as an opportunity to unpack the significant effect racism has on healthy births. As a global initiative, our aim is to seed new ideas across our geographies, and, in this way, identify synergies and opportunities to bridge research and policy change that can help us turn the curve on preterm birth. Our 2018 Symposium will take place in October in Kigali, Rwanda. 


2017 Annual Symposium

Racism and Prematurity banner

People clapping on stage at symposium

Lateefah Simon speaking on stage at symposium

Researchers explaining his poster at the symposium poster session

a mother and child holding an, "equity matters justice for moms" sign at the symposium rally