Amniotic Fluid Embolism:

Latest Concepts and Current Research

This site is intended to provide background on Amniotic Fluid Embolism and give readers information about on-going research about this leading cause of maternal mortality in developed countries.


What is your money used for?

            Donations are directly applied to the cost of amniotic fluid embolism research.  This includes paying pro-rated fees for the use of clinical research nurses to obtain consents, obtain and process samples, and maintain communication with the Institutional Review Board.  The donations also permit specimen storage, transport, and laboratory analysis as well as the use of a biostatician in study design and reporting as needed.

            Dr. Benson does not receive income from his research efforts.  He uses his personal funds for travel, presentations, and the creation and support of this web site.


Where Can You Contribute?

1)        Dr. Benson does much of his work through the North Shore University Healthcare System Research Institute although he is hoping to establish his research protocol at other institutions as well.  Based on NIH grants, North Shore ranked # 9 in the US among multi-specialty independent research hospitals.

            To make a tax deductable donation simple click on the link below and under gift designation, check off,  “research institute.”  Under gift comments, simply indicate “AFE research.”


2)        To help expand the protocol to Prentice Women’s Hospital of the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, tax deductable donations can be Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

To learn more about opportunities to support of this important research.  Please contact:
Courtney Weeks
Associate Director for Major Gifts
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Phone: (312) 503-3080
Please mail immediate gifts to:
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Attn: Courtney Weeks
Rubloff Building, 9th Floor
420 E. Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611-0764

*Make checks payable to Northwestern University and included a message designating your contribution to Dr. Benson’s research.

            There are over 10,000 births per year at Prentice, an important consideration in trying to research a disease that occurs only once in several thousand pregnancies.


  For Further Information. . .

 Call or write to Michael Benson, MD. 847-945-9470

 (Special note to Dr. Benson’s patients:  Please do not e-mail personal information or queries to this address as it does not have the encrypted privacy protection required by federal law for communication of protected health information.  Call the office for personal questions or prescription refills and the like.  The practice plans to get a protected e-mail address in the near future.)