WIHSC helps researchers with the collection of high-quality data and biospecimens related to pregnancy and women and infants health.

A core facility within Washington University School of Medicine, the Women and Infants Health Specimen Consortium (WIHSC) was created in 2008 to advance excellence in the study of women’s and infants health. WIHSC obtains patient consent; collects, processes and stores specimens; and helps researchers select and obtain previously banked specimens based on a comprehensive database of outcomes metrics.

Our staff works with pregnancy and fertility clinics to collect specimens from patients who volunteer.

WIHSC is a collaborative effort between the Washington University departments of Pathology & Immunology and Obstetrics & Gynecology.

The team includes two principal investigators to oversee operations and work with researchers: Kelle Moley, MD, and Ann M. Gronowski, PhD. Our staff is a diverse group of individuals who are employees of the Division of Clinical Research in the Department of OBGYN.

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