Is placental aging the key to predicting and preventing stillbirth

Current theories indicate that late term stillbirth may be caused by an aging placenta that is no longer working properly. We know that when a placenta gets to this stage, it releases little biochemical markers which end up in the mother’s bloodstream.

This project brings together experts in the placenta, aging and obstetric care of high risk pregnancies, and aims to develop ways to measure how many of these markers are in the mother’s blood. From this information, tests may be developed that can predict the risk of stillbirth so that the obstetrician can deliver the baby before it dies.


Amount Granted $53,688

Research institution: Hunter Medical Research Institute, University of Newcastle

Chief Investigator: Professor Roger Smith

Other investigator:  Professor Jonathan Morris, Professor Robert Aitken


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