Saving Mothers & Babies

Prof Stephen Tong

Topic: Saving Mothers & Babies: Developing Diagnostics & Therapeutics to Tackle Major Pregnancy Complications

Time: 20 October 2020, 18:00 AEDT

Professor Stephen Tong’s team at Mercy Perinatal is developing novel diagnostics that flag mothers and babies at risk, so they can be safely treated before adverse outcomes occur. The concept is simple. Many major
pregnancy complications occur because the placenta – the life support system – fails. The team is hunting for molecules in the mum’s blood that are increased (or decreased) during the window of time when the placenta is unwell and starting to fail. Using these diagnostics, Stephen’s team aims to swiftly identify those at the highest risk and deliver life-saving treatments for our most vulnerable mothers and babies.