Pre-eclampsia: Immunology, innovation and improvement

Pre-eclampsia is the most common dangerous complication of pregnancy, affecting the health of both mother and fetus. While high blood pressure in the mother and the loss of protein in her urine are the most visible symptoms of the disease, pre-eclampsia also causes inflammation and organ damage. The disease is a form of systemic inflammation, and is particularly dangerous when it occurs early in pregnancy. Dr. Peter von Dadelszen’s program of research covers a broad range of laboratory, clinical and health services research related to pre-eclampsia. He is studying the role of the immune system in the development and progression of the disease, as well as potential targets for the prevention of pre-eclampsia, and new screening techniques and predictive models. He is also researching new methods to modify pregnancy outcomes, including a novel disease-modifying therapy and development of a province-wide, structured approach to monitoring and managing pre-eclampsia. Through a greater understanding of the various facets of pre-eclampsia, Dr. von Dadelszen hopes to spur improvements in clinical care and health outcomes.