Research Horizons


Muglia Named to Institute of Medicine

Louis Muglia, MD, PhD

Louis Muglia, MD, PhD, Co-Director of the Perinatal Institute and Director of the Center for Prevention of Preterm Birth at Cincinnati Children’s and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, has been elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences.

Muglia is a pioneer in the in vivo analysis of endocrine stress response regulation and the molecular pathways leading to birth. His lab team seeks to define the biological processes that  control birth timing.

Muglia has published more than 175 peer-reviewed articles. His many awards include a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Development Award in the Biomedical Sciences, the Society of Pediatric Research Young Investigator Award, and election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and Association of American Physicians.

In 2010, Muglia was elected to Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is an active member of the Society for Pediatric Research, Society for Neuroscience, and the Pediatric Endocrine Society. He currently serves as chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health.

In May 2013, Muglia became the coordinating principal investigator for the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center – Ohio Collaborative, a new research program aimed exclusively at finding the unknown causes of premature birth. The March of Dimes is investing $10 million in the program over five years. Three major Ohio universities and four Ohio hospitals are involved in the effort.

Prior to joining Cincinnati Children’s, Muglia was Edward Claiborne Stahlman Professor and Vice Chair for Research Affairs in Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Muglia earned his Doctor of Medicine (1988) and Doctor of Philosophy (1986) degrees from the University of Chicago. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in biophysics from the University of Michigan in 1981.

Muglia joins a distinguished list of other IOM honorees among Cincinnati Children’s faculty:

  • Uma Kotagal, MD, 2009.
  • Arnold Strauss, MD, 2007
  • Alan Jobe, MD, PhD, 2007
  • Jeffrey A. Whitsett, MD, 2003
  • Thomas Boat, MD, 2001
  • Margaret Hostetter, 2000

Learn more about Muglia’s research.