New excellence award for the Maternal-Fetal Medicine service

On 16 February, Dr. Montse Palacio, from the Maternal Fetal Medicine service of the Hospital Clinic, received the Excellence Award of Research , one of the prestigious awards offered by the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM). This award and the study, entitled Vaginal progesterone as maintenance treatment after an episode of preterm labor (PROMISE Study): a randomized, double blinded, placebo-controlled trial were presented as part of the thirteenth annual meeting of the SMFM, held in San Francisco from 11 to 16, February 2013.

Dr. Palacio was honored along with his team, consisting of: Teresa Cobo, Eugenia Antolin, Maria Ramirez, Francisco Cabrera, Fernando M. Rosales, Jose L. Bartha, Juan Miguel, Anna Marti, Daniel Orós, Àgueda Rodríguez, Elena Scazzocchio, Joseph M. Olivares, Sara Varea i Eduard Gratacós.

The main objective of the study led by Dr. Palacio's was to demonstrate the efficacy of maintenance treatment with vaginal progesterone after an acute episode of preterm labor - stopped by tocolytic therapy - to prolong pregnancy and reduce the number of premature births.

To do this, they designed a randomized, placebo-controlled, double blind, which has involved 12 Spanish centers. Although the study concludes that the administration of progesterone did not significantly prolongs pregnancy in these cases, the results allow further progress in research in prematurity, the most frequently associated cause with perinatal morbidity and mortality.