6000 DNA samples ready for testing
Clinicians and researchers from 7 maternity units in Kazakhstan and 9 maternity units in Uzbekistan have spent the last 18 months recruiting volunteers to provide DNA samples for the InterPregGen study. Over 2000 pregnant women from each country have already agreed to help with the study,and in April a total of 6000 DNA samples were sent to the laboratories where testing of the genes will take place. These include women with pre-eclampsia,their babies, and women with healthy pregnancies. Samples from Kazakhstan will be tested in the deCODE laboratory in Reykjavik, Iceland. Uzbek DNA will be tested at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK. The research teams in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are continuing to invite women and their partners to take part in the study; their target is to double the numbers already recruited.
A huge thank you to all the women and their partners who have agreed to take part in InterPregGen. We believe that your generosity will help us to understand more about the causes of pre-eclampsia. And many congratulations to the recruitment teams and laboratory staff in Uzbekistan (shown on the right) and Kazakhstan (shown on the left)!
Posted on Monday 16th June 2014