What is InterPregGen trying to do?
Pre-eclampsia is a disease of pregnancy which causes high blood pressure and loss of protein in the urine. It is one of the most common illnesses of pregnancy and can be dangerous to both mother and baby.
InterPregGen is the International Pregnancy Genetics study funded by the EU 7th Framework Programme. It involves research groups from Finland, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Norway, United Kingdom and Uzbekistan. Obstetricians, midwives and geneticists are all part of this project.
We are studying the genes which lead women to develop pre-eclampsia. By understanding which genes cause the disease, it may be possible to prevent pre-eclampsia or improve treatment.