Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting, April 13-16, 2021
Dr. Anita Moon Grady and patient

Leaders in genomics and precision-based in utero diagnosis and care

UCSF Fetal Treatment Center

The Fetal Treatment Center is proud of its 40-year legacy in fetal evaluation and treatment. Since its founding in 1981, the center has expanded its vision to incorporate dynamic new methods for diagnosis and treatment based on the emerging fields of maternal-fetal genetics and precision medicine.

Coordinated care at multiple campuses: Our Fetal Treatment Center is located in a children’s hospital, which facilitates our ability to offer comprehensive, family-centered care from diagnosis and prenatal management through postnatal care and long-term follow-up.

Advanced diagnostics and interventions: Our multidisciplinary approach incorporates the knowledge and expertise of leaders from perinatology, surgery, genetics, radiology, nursing, anesthesia, cardiology and neonatology.

Experience that helps us provide the best possible care: Our large patient volume and the diversity of cases we see give us a depth and breadth of experience that helps us provide the best care possible.

Nationally ranked pediatric specialties: UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals are consistently ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of children’s hospitals. Babies delivered here have immediate access to more than 150 pediatric experts in 50 specialties.

Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting, April 13-16, 2021

Our Research

Fetal therapy is a very young and rapidly developing science. Essentially all the relevant scientific knowledge, diagnostic techniques, and therapeutic innovations have been developed in the last two decades. And, most of this knowledge comes directly from research — both experimental basic research in animal models and clinical research in human patients.

The paradigm that launched fetal intervention 25 years ago at the University of California, San Francisco has served as a model for the development of fetal therapy around the world. This paradigm requires exploration of the pathophysiology of the fetal disease in experimental animal models, and the definition of the natural history and outcome of the untreated disease by careful serial observation of fetuses with the disease. Only when the experimental pathophysiology is worked out, the natural history understood, selection criteria established, and the intervention tested for safety, is a new fetal intervention offered patients.

This mixture of experimental and clinical research has been a constant feature of the Fetal Treatment Center approach for the last 25 years. It has been and continues to be powered by bright, young scientists and physicians from many different disciplines who have been attracted to the challenges and excitement of developing the field of fetal intervention.

Current Clinical Trials