About the Authors

Catalin S Buhimschi

To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: catalin.buhimschi@yale.edu

Affiliation Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Vineet Bhandari

Affiliation Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Benjamin D Hamar

Affiliation Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Mert-Ozan Bahtiyar

Affiliation Department of Pediatrics, Division of Perinatal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Guomao Zhao

Affiliation Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Anna K Sfakianaki

Affiliation Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Christian M Pettker

Affiliation Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Lissa Magloire

Affiliation Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Edmund Funai

Affiliation Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Errol R Norwitz

Affiliation Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Michael Paidas

Affiliation Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Joshua A Copel

Affiliation Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Carl P Weiner

Affiliation Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas, United States of America

Charles J Lockwood

Affiliation Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Irina A Buhimschi

Affiliation Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Competing Interests

Dr. Irina A. Buhimschi is named co-inventor on a pending patent application related to the use of proteomics analysis of amniotic fluid for diagnosis of preterm delivery. Neither she nor any of the authors served as consultants or received research funds from a third party interested in biomarker discovery including Ciphergen Biosystems.

Author Contributions

CSB and IAB designed the study, collected, analyzed, and interpreted the data, and drafted the manuscript. VB collected, analyzed, and interpreted the neonatal data. GZ conducted ELISA assays and collected part of the proteomics data. BDH, MOB, AKS, CMP, LM, EF, ERN, MP, and JAC recruited patients, collected biological specimens prospectively, and reviewed the data analysis. CPW and CJL participated with aspects of study design and critical interpretation of the data. All authors contributed to writing of the paper and have reviewed and approved the final version.