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Antenatal corticosteroids trial in preterm births to increase neonatal survival in developing countries: study protocol
1Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS), Dr. Emilio Ravignani 2024, Buenos Aires, C1414CPV, Argentina
2RTI International, 3040 Cornwallis Rd, Cox 229, Research Triangle Park, NC, 27709, USA
3Center for Research for Mothers and Children Eunice Kennedy Shriver, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. National Institutes of Health, 6100 Executive Blvd, Room 4B09B, MSC 7510, Rockville, MD, 20852-7510, USA
4RTI International, 3040 Cornwallis Rd, Hill 320, Durham, NC, 27709, USA
5University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia
6IMSALUD, 3ra calle A 6-56 zona 10, oficina 207, Guatemala City, 01011, Guatemala
7Department of Physiology, J N Medical College, Belgaum, Karnataka, 590 010, INDIA
8Department of Medical Education, J N Medical College, Belgaum, Karnataka, 590 010, INDIA
9KLEU Research Foundation, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum, Karnataka, 590 010, INDIA
10Departments of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University Medical College, PO Box 3500, Stadium Road, Karachi, 74800, Pakistan
11Department of Pediatrics, Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Indira Gandhi Government Medical College, Opp Tidke Vidyalay, Katol Road, Nagpur, 440013, INDIA
12Moi University School of Medicine, PO Box 3900, Eldoret, 30100, Kenya
13Department of Pediatrics/Division of Neonatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 619 S 20th Street, 525 New Hillman, Birmingham, Alabama
14Pediatric Nutrition, University of Colorado Denver, Box C225, Research Complex II, 12700 East 19th Avenue, Rm 5026, Aurora, CO, 80045, USA
15Department of OB-GYN Christiana Care, 4755 Ogletown-Stanton Rd Room 1903, Newark, DE, 19718, USA
16Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology, Columbia University, 622 West 168th Street, PH16, New York, NY, 10032, USA
17Division of Global Health, Department of Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, 50 Staniford Street, Suite 1054 125, Boston, MA, 02114, USA
18Department of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine, 699 West Drive, RR 208, Indianapolis, IN, 46202-5119, USA
19Center for Research of Mothers and Children, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, 6100 Executive Blvd., Room 4B05J, MSC 7510, Rockville, MD, 20852-7510, USA
20Cincinnati Childrens Hospital, 3333 Burnet Ave, Cincinnati, OH, 45229, USA
21Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, School of Public Health, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 2430, New Orleans, LA, 70112, USA
Received September 1, 2012; Accepted September 12, 2012.
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ACT Steering Committee. Global Network Research Units:
Argentina: José M Belizán, Fernando Althabe, Agustina Mazzoni, Mabel Berrueta (Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy), A Ciganda (Clinical and Epidemiological Research Unit Montevideo). US Investigator: Pierre Buekens (Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine)
Guatemala: Ana Garces (Francisco Marroquin University), Eduardo Rodriguez (Instituto Multidisciplinario para la Salud). US Investigators: Michael Hambidge and Nancy Krebs (University of Colorado).
India (Belgaum): Bhalchandra Kodkany, Shivaprasad S Goudar (Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College), Niranjana Mahantashetti, Geetanjali Katageri, MC Metgud, Anjali Joshi, MB Bellad (J N Medical College). US Investigator: Richard Derman (Christiana Healthcare, Delaware).
India (Nagpur): Archana Patel (Indira Gandhi Government Medical College), Anjali Bhandarka (Latta Medical Research Foundation), Manjushri Waikar (Latta Medical Research Foundation). US Investigator: Patricia L Hibberd (Massachusetts General Hospital).
Kenya: Fabian Esamai (Moi University School of Medicine), Paul Nyongesa, Silas Ayunga (Moi University School of Medicine). US Investigator: Edward Liechty (Indiana University).
Pakistan: Omrana Pasha (Aga Khan University), Farid Akhtar (Aga Khan University), Sarah Saleem (Aga Khan University). US Investigator: Robert Goldenberg (Columbia University).
Zambia: Elwyn Chomba (University of Zambia), Albert Mayansyan (University of Alabama), Angel Mwiche (University Teaching Hospital), Melody Kunda Chiwila (University Teaching Hospital). US Investigator: Waldemar A Carlo (University of Alabama at Birmingham).
Data Coordinating Center: Elizabeth McClure, Jennifer Hemingway-Foday, Kristen Stolka, Sreelatha Meleth, Dennis Wallace, Steve Litavecz, Holly Franklin, Pablo Destefanis, Janet Moore (RTI International).
NICHD: Marion Koso-Thomas, Linda L Wright, Macaya Douoguih.
WHO: Mario Merialdi, Eduardo F Bergel, Ana Pilar Betrán.