The Smart Diaphragm Study is a research study at the University of California- San Francisco (UCSF). This study is piloting a new device called the Smart Diaphragm that was designed by bioengineers and clinicians at UCSF.
The device was invented to detect early signs of preterm birth. This study is being conducted to find out whether the SMART Diaphragm can predict preterm birth earlier than any of our current methods. The SMART Diaphragm may be used in the future to monitor pregnancies for early signs of preterm birth. This would allow doctors to provide earlier treatment with better chances of delaying or preventing the preterm birth.
The overall goal of the Smart Diaphragm study is to reduce the number of preterm births around the world, helping to give every baby a strong and healthy start.
We are currently recruiting both pregnant women at high- and low-risk for preterm birth who are less than 17 weeks gestational age to participate.
On this website you'll find information about preterm birth and the study. If you have more questions or if you are interested in participating, please contact us at SmartDiaphragm@ucsf.edu or (415) 476-9475.