NIH Announces $41.5 Million Human Placenta Project

March 05, 2015

The US National Institute of Health (NIH) recently announced it would be funding $41.5 million for its Human Placenta Project (HPP) last February 26, 2015. This major initiative aims to understand and monitor the development of the human placenta during pregnancy. The money for the project will be used for the development of new technologies that will allow real time monitoring in hopes of improving the health of mothers and children.

Interested researchers applying for the project presented a wide range of monitoring system ideas during a meeting held in May of 2014 in Potomac, Maryland. The proposals included concepts varying from fetal DNA detection tests to artificial placentas-on-chips. Other candidates proposed imaging techniques using nanoparticles that could deliver visible markers into the placenta from the mother’s circulatory system.

According to the NIH’s website, placental problems may result in negative outcomes such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, preterm birth, and stillbirth. It has also been linked to a high risk of heart disease later in life, for both mother and child.

“If we can develop technologies to monitor placental health during pregnancy, we should be able to prevent some of these problems from happening,” said Dr. Alan E. Guttmacher. M.D., director of NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. “We hope this funding opportunity will attract a broad range of researchers and clinicians to help — placental biologists, obstetricians, and experts in imaging, bioengineering, and other arenas.”

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