RI STAC Researcher in the News
Published on October 25, 2010
Two-time RI Research Alliance Collaborative Grant Award winner Dr. Surendra Sharma reports two major advances in regards to predicting preeclampsia in pregnant women.
Preeclampsia, a sudden-onset and sometimes fatal prenatal disease, can strike up to 8 percent of pregnant women worldwide causing symptoms such as high blood pressure, swelling, and placental development problems. Dr. Sharma, alongside a team of researchers from Brown University and Woman and Infants Hospital, have now developed a dependable pregnancy-specific animal model for laboratory testing and may have a predictive test that would allow early intervention.
Dr. Sharma's research, which was recently reported in The American Journal of Pathology, was partially funded by a 2008 and 2009 RI Research Alliance Collaborative Grant Award, as well as the National Institutes of Health and the American Diabetes Association Terry and Louise Gregg Diabetes in Pregnancy Award.