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Placental function in early pregnancy

Title Maternal lipid metabolism and placental function in early pregnancy
Therapeutic Area Pregnancy
Principal Investigator Perrie O'Tierney-Ginn, PhD
Min Age 18 Years
Max Age 45 Years
Gender Female
Contact Taysir Mahmoud


The purpose of this study is to measure the effect of maternal metabolism (how your body uses food for energy) on the growth of the placenta (afterbirth), and how the placenta uses lipids.

Study Details

Inclusion Criteria

  • Women electing to have an early termination of pregnancy (6-14 weeks) at Tufts MC.

Exclusion Criteria

  • Known glucose intolerance (diabetes).
  • Multiple gestation (i.e twins, triplets).
  • Current history of alcohol abuse.

Study Requirements

Participants will have 1 study visit where they answer questions about their health and medical history, and provide a 1-2 tbsp blood sample. Placental tissue will be collected following the termination procedure.