Sunday, 16 December 2012

$3 million fund awarded to Pre-eclampsia researcher

Few days ago, CIRM (California Institute for Regenerative Medicine)  awarded a fund of $3 million to Mana Parast for her innovative research on Pre-eclampsia. The fund is part of a $36 million grant that has been awarded on a total of 12 stem cell researchers with Parast being the fifth researcher to receiving one.

Parast's research focuses on trophoblast stem cells,  the precursors of the differentiated cells of the placenta. Her lab is actually the first one to create a human trophoblast stem cell model, which can be used to study the various stages of placental development. The generous fund by CIRM will allow her to continue her research and possibly find new stem cell based treatments for Pre-eclampsia.

CIRM has been awarding funds to new and promising researchers since 2006. With the last $36 million fund the total amount of awarded money has surpassed  a total of $115 million funds.

Mana Parast, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor of pathology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

Pre-eclampsia is a condition during which a pregnant woman develops high blood pressure and protein in the urine after the 20th week of pregnancy. . It is responsible for causing a significant proportion of maternal deaths and is the leading cause of premature delivery. The exact causes behind Pre-eclampsia are vastly unknown, but we do know that the placenta is somehow involved. Some of the symptoms are swelling of the hands and face/eyes, sudden weight gain in only 1-2 days, unresting headache , decreased urine output, nausea and vomiting. Currently the only way to "treat" the patient and have they symptoms go away is childbirth.

Video about the Pre-eclampsia condition

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