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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.

Read more about Dr. Sharma's research here

Read about Dr. Sharma's past awards here


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