USING BIOMARKERS AND ULTRASOUND IN LATE PREGNANCY TO MINIMISE PREVENTABLE STILLBIRTH: THE BUMPS STUDY
Grant number: 1160711 | Funding period: 2019 - 2022
Small babies contribute disproportionately to stillbirth, yet existing methods mostly fail to detect the fetus that is not growing well. We have previously identified markers of placental health that can be detected in the maternal blood in late pregnancy. We have also identified a new method of assessing blood flow to the placenta and the baby. Both of these new assessments seem to improve detection of the small fetus, and we hope to confirm these findings in a further 2000 women.
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Fetal growth restriction (FGR) is associated with threefold to fourfold increased risk of stillbirth. Identifying FGR, through its..