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EAGeR Study Reviewed by NIH Principal Investigator

Wednesday, June 16, 2020

Enrique Schisterman, PhD, Visits The Commonwealth Medical College

Scranton, PA – Enrique Schisterman, PhD, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and Principal Investigator (PI) of the EAGeR Study, recently visited The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) to assess the progress of the ongoing clinical trial. The Effects of Aspirin in Gestation and Reproduction (EAGeR) Study is a national multi-site   randomized clinical trial that evaluates the effects of low dose aspirin (LDA) compared to placebo in women who have had a pregnancy loss sometime in the past and are hoping to conceive.

The EAGeR Study is being conducted by a team of investigators at TCMC in collaboration with Physicians Health Alliance, Inc., and other area physicians to determine if LDA can help increase a woman’s chance of getting pregnant and maintaining a healthy pregnancy.   The EAGeR Study will recruit and follow 1,600 women nationally and approximately 300 from the Northeast region as they attempt to become pregnant, and then follow those through pregnancy among those who become pregnant. Of those who have become pregnant at the EAGeR Scranton site, 15 women have delivered healthy babies and eight are currently pregnant. 

Dr. Schisterman expressed appreciation for the dedication and enthusiasm of the EAGeR team of investigators and TCMC clinical support staff who I consider my partners in the national study and  by provide exceptional education and follow up through every stage of the process,”.

Joined by Jean Wactawski-Wende, PhD, PI of the Buffalo EAGeR Study site, Dr. Schisterman’s rigorous two-day visit to Northeast Pennsylvania included planning meetings with the TCMC EAGeR Study Team and principal investigator, Janet Townsend, MD, and co-investigators Brian Wilcox, MD, PhD, and  Mark White MD, MPH. Dr. Schisterman also traveled to the Women’s Health Care Center of Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers in Honesdale and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre to meet with obstetrician/gynecologists. Moses Taylor Hospital also hosted a special seminar in honor of Dr. Schisterman where he presented to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.    

The Commonwealth Medical College is one of four National Institutes of Health (NIH) research study sites for the EAGeR Study and is the first and only clinical trial in the region to test aspirin before conception and throughout pregnancy. Participation in the Study is intended to complement a woman’s ongoing primary OB/GYN care. TCMC is partnering with the University of Buffalo, the University of Utah, the University of Colorado, and the University of Haifa, Israel, and The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.   The NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research in helping to lead the way toward important medical discoveries that improve people’s health and saves lives.

To learn more about the EAGeR Study in your area, contact The Commonwealth Medical College at 570-207-1058 or by email at [email protected]. Or, visit TCMC’s website at 

Front Row, L to R: Cathie McGeehan, Coordinator, EAGeR Trial, TCMC, Enrique Schisterman, PhD, Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; and Betsy Mead, Coordinator, EAGeR Trial, TCMC.  

Back Row, L to R:  Megan Yetter, Research Associate, EAGeR Trial, TCMC; Mark White, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, TCMC; Jean Wactawski-Wende, PhD, Principal Investigator,  Buffalo EAGeR Study site; Janet Townsend, MD, Chair, Department of  Family Medicine & Community Health, TCMC, and Principal Investigator, EAGeR Study, TCMC;  EAGeR Study, Co-investigator Brian Wilcox, MD, PhD and Co-investigator, EAGeR Study; and Randy Stark, Manager, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health.