Professor Irina Buhimschi

Ohio State University, USA

Dr. Irina Buhimschi is the Director of the Center for Perinatal Research in the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics and Obstetrics/Gynecology at The Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio.

Dr. Irina Buhimschi received her M.D. degree from the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest Romania and postgraduate and postdoctoral training at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas and University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Buhimschi’s research spans the broad area of understanding the molecular and pathophysiologic mechanisms of preterm labor and preeclampsia that together account for the large majority of preterm births, stillbirths and neonatal deaths.

Her laboratory was the first to identify misfolding of proteins and proteostasis derangements similar to Alzheimer’s in preeclampsia. The practical application of this research has led to the Congo Red Dot test, a device that measures urine congophilia and is under development as an aid for diagnosis of preeclampsia in the United States and worldwide.

Dr. Buhimschi serves as mentor to numerous medical and graduate students, clinical fellows and young faculty. Her work received numerous awards of excellence at national and international meetings. Dr. Irina Buhimschi’s research has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), March of Dimes, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and most recently by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for international work aimed at implementing the Congo Red Dot test in low-resource health care settings to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality from preeclampsia. She has published more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and served on numerous grant review committees for the NIH, March of Dimes and private foundations. She is also the Associate Editor for Pediatric Research and a member of editorial boards for several subspecialty journals.

Dr. Buhimschi serves as the Principal Investigator of the Ohio State University & Nationwide Children’s Hospital components of the March of Dimes Collaborative, a trans-disciplinary grant shared by multiple institutions in Ohio and across the United Stated which have joined forces to understand the mechanisms of preterm birth and ultimately find a cure against it. To recognize her accomplishments, Nationwide Children’s has recently named Dr. Irina Buhimschi as the recipient of the John E. Fisher Endowed Chair in Neonatal Research.