In the news - Pre-eclampsia

Dr Ellen Menkhorst and the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Reproductive Biology teams research was in the news. The story 'Delivering Hope' by Robyn Riley ran in the Herald Sun on Friday 3 March 2023. The news story highlighted the important research Dr Menkhorst is leading with the NHMRC  Ideas grant funded project “Uncovering and detecting placental dysfunction in late-onset preeclampsia”.

Preeclampsia is a life-threatening disease of pregnancy with grave immediate and life-long consequences for the mother and baby. The root cause of preeclampsia is an unhealthy placenta which releases toxins into the maternal blood causing maternal organ damage. This project will identify early pregnancy biomarkers to detect women who are at risk of developing preeclampsia and discover the key molecular mechanisms which drive preeclampsia, leading to new preventative treatment options.

Link to the story 'Delivering Hope' by Robyn Riley, Herald Sun, Friday 3 March 2023.