What is BEFORE Birth?
The objective of the BEFORE Birth project is to identify a clinically valuable early pregnancy screening test for pre-term birth. Pre-term birth is associated with high rates of mortality, morbidity, haemorrhage, respiratory distress syndrome and neurological deficits.
Guided by the clinical and biochemical risk factors which pre-term birth creates, INFANT researchers aim to show how maternal blood contains biomarkers which could predict this condition. A successful test for these markers will have a major health and economic impact.