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Irina Burd, M.D., PhD

Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics and Neurology
Director of Research, Maternal Fetal Medicine
Member, Pathobiology Graduate Program

Dr. Burd was recruited to the Johns Hopkins University to spearhead the development of the field of Fetal Medicine and Fetal Neurology, and is the founder of the Johns Hopkins Integrated Research Center for Fetal Medicine. Dr. Burd earned Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rutgers University (Summa Cum Laude) and completed the MD/PhD program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Thomas Jefferson University and her fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Burd developed a research program studying the pathogenesis of fetal brain injury with exposure to intrauterine inflammation and studies prenatally used neuroprotective agents that could be used in utero to prevent cerebral palsy and a spectrum of neurobehavioral outcomes. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Ikaria Research Award from the Perinatal Research Society, a research award from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology/American Association of Gynecology and Obstetrics Foundation (ABOG/AAOGF), the Thomas Bogg’s Award from the Philadelphia Perinatal Society and Passano Foundation Clinician Scientist Award. She is a recipient of NIH Award to study the role of IL1β receptor in perinatal brain injury.

Recent publications:

TLR-4-Dependent and -Independent Mechanisms of Fetal Brain Injury in the Setting of Preterm Birth.

Breen K, Brown A, Burd I, Chai J, Friedman A, Elovitz MA. Reprod Sci. 2012 Aug;19(8):839-50.

Evaluating the cost-effectiveness of prenatal surgery for myelomeningocele: a decision analysis.

Werner EF, Han CS, Burd I, Lipkind HS, Copel JA, Bahtiyar MO, Thung SF. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Aug;40(2):158-64. doi: 10.1002/uog.11176. Epub 2012 Jul 9.

Models of fetal brain injury, intrauterine inflammation, and preterm birth.

Burd I, Balakrishnan B, Kannan S. Am J Reprod Immunol. 2012 Apr;67(4):287-94. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0897.2012.01110.x. Epub 2012 Mar 1. Review.

A mouse model of term chorioamnionitis: unraveling causes of adverse neurological outcomes.

Burd I, Brown A, Gonzalez JM, Chai J, Elovitz MA. Reprod Sci. 2011 Sep;18(9):900-7. Epub 2011 Mar 18.

Intrauterine inflammation, insufficient to induce parturition, still evokes fetal and neonatal brain injury.

Elovitz MA, Brown AG, Breen K, Anton L, Maubert M, Burd I. Int J Dev Neurosci. 2011 Oct;29(6):663-71. Epub 2011 Mar 4.

Magnesium sulfate reduces inflammation-associated brain injury in fetal mice.

Burd I, Breen K, Friedman A, Chai J, Elovitz MA. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Mar;202(3):292.e1-9. Erratum in: Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Jun;202(6):603.

Inflammation-induced preterm birth alters neuronal morphology in the mouse fetal brain.

Burd I, Bentz AI, Chai J, Gonzalez J, Monnerie H, Le Roux PD, Cohen AS, Yudkoff M, Elovitz MA. J Neurosci Res. 2010 Jul;88(9):1872-81.

Beyond white matter damage: fetal neuronal injury in a mouse model of preterm birth.

Burd I, Chai J, Gonzalez J, Ofori E, Monnerie H, Le Roux PD, Elovitz MA.� Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Sep;201(3):279.e1-8.

Is sonographic assessment of fetal weight influenced by formula selection?

Burd I, Srinivas S, Paré E, Dharan V, Wang E. J Ultrasound Med. 2009 Aug;28(8):1019-24.

Clostridium botulinum toxin A inhibits contractility in pregnant human myometrium in vitro.

Burd ID, Ness A, DiMuzio P, Ren GY, Tulenko TN.� Reprod Sci. 2009 Oct;16(10):1001-4. Epub 2009 Jul 14.

Maternal mortality from systemic illness: unraveling the contribution of the immune response.

Gonzalez JM, Ofori E, Burd I, Chai J, Scholler N, Elovitz MA. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Apr;200(4):430.e1-8.

Impact of the recent randomized trials on the use of progesterone to prevent preterm birth: a 2005 follow-up survey.

Ness A, Dias T, Damus K, Burd I, Berghella V. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2006 Oct;195(4):1174-9.