$737,000 grant helps researchers predict pregnancy complications

August 3, 2016

Drs. Laura Gaudet and Maria Del Pilar Vélez were awarded $737K by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to develop a tool that can identify which women are at greater risk of pregnancy complications and direct them to the right type of care provider. The rates of some complications like diabetes, high blood pressure and Caesarean section are rising in Canada. One reason could be that women who are obese or use assisted reproduction techniques are at greater risk of complications, but this is not always the case. The research team will focus on finding better ways to identify at-risk pregnancies. They will also create and test a triage tool that will direct women to low-risk or high-risk health-care settings based on their risk of complications, so they can receive the best care at the best time.

Co-investigators: Fell, Deshayne B ; Smith, Graeme Neil ; Waddington, Ashley ; Walker, Mark Clarence

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