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Group B Strep International
Promoting awareness and prevention of GBS disease in babies before birth through early infancy

Thank you to everyone who participated in Group B Strep Awareness month this past July! We want to keep up the momentum and encourage everyone to continue spreading GBS awareness and prevention worldwide! 

This month we want to officially introduce our new board member Tara Randis, MD, MS! Learn more about her and her work in our interview below!

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Introducing Tara Randis, MD, MS

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am the Pamela and Leslie Muma Chair in Neonatology at the University of South Florida Morsani School of Medicine and have a joint appointment with the Department of Molecular Medicine. I attended medical school at Drexel University School of Medicine, completing my pediatric residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and my fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Columbia University where I also received an MS in biostatistics. Following my fellowship training I served on the faculty of Columbia University for 8 years and then joined the Division of Neonatology at New York University School of Medicine in 2015, relocating to the University of South Florida in 2019.

What made you become interested in pediatrics?

I was interested in both Pediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynecology early on during medical school. Once I completed an elective rotation in the neonatal intensive care unit, it was clear that Neonatology combined both these interests and was a perfect fit.

Why the specific interest in group b strep?

My experiences as a neonatologist drive my research efforts, focused primarily upon understanding mechanisms by which maternal infections contribute to adverse pregnancy outcomes and neonatal morbidity and mortality. 

What are your goals for GBS prevention with your research?

We use mouse models of GBS colonization to examine host-pathogen interactions during pregnancy and in the neonatal period. We are specifically focused on identifying vulnerabilities in the neonatal immune response with the goal of identifying new strategies to enhance host defense against GBS.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself? 

I reside in Tampa, Florida with my husband and 3 children. 
Breastfeeding Awareness Observed in August

World Breastfeeding Awareness Week is observed every 1-7 August and, in the US, August is recognized as Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Let’s encourage mothers everywhere to consider the benefits of breastfeeding their babies!

Besides supplying babies with important antibodies to fight off infection, breastfeeding reduces the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and diseases such as asthma and Type I diabetes  according to the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

Many mothers wonder if it is safe to breastfeed if GBS positive. A few late-onset and recurrent GBS infections have been possibly associated with infected breast milk. However, it is currently thought that the overall health benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential risk of exposure to GBS.

To learn more about breastfeeding in regards to group B strep, please view: 

International Conference on GBS (ICGBS) 2020

Thank you to the over 420 participants from 48 countries who came to learn and contribute to the discussions!

We want to acknowledge our renowned keynote speaker, Dr. Carol J. Baker, and our other amazing presenters who shared their expertise! ICGBS 2020 presentations are still able to be viewed, but commenting is closed. 

Want to learn even more? You can view our past conferences, too! 

Thank you to our sponsors for helping to make this event possible!

Fundraise!

Looking for ways to get involved and spread awareness in your community? Consider fundraising for GBSI!  Whether it's an online fundraiser or event, every effort helps!

Special thanks to Down Range MC (Motorcycle Club) Blood & Steel Chapter and Reagan's parents for organizing the 4th annual Reagan's Ride being held Saturday, August 15, 2020 to benefit GBSI in honor of Reagan, GBS meningitis survivor. 

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Help Support Our Efforts

​During this pandemic crisis, many fundraising efforts that we depend on are having to be put on hold. While we understand that many are struggling, if you are able, we humbly ask that you make a donation to help us further our mission of spreading GBS awareness and prevention worldwide.

Group B Strep International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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