It takes two

How analysis of mum’s and dad’s DNA can predict and enhance pregnancy success

The University of Adelaide’s Robinson Institute is on the brink of enabling a quantum leap forward in the care of pregnant women and their babies.

The Institute’s research has revealed that subtle variations in specific gene sequences in a mother, father or their baby indicate the mother is more likely to suffer pregnancy complications.

As a result, work is underway to create a genetic test that will – for the first time – identify a couple’s risk of complications before symptoms arise, allowing potentially life-saving tailored antenatal care.

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In this fascinating presentation, Associate Professor Claire Roberts will explain her team’s exciting progress, as well as discuss many other known pregnancy risk factors.

About the Speaker

Claire RobertsAssociate Professor Claire Roberts is a Senior Research Fellow and leads the Placental Development Laboratory in the Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Adelaide where she has worked for the past 13 years. She is Scientific Director of the SA SCOPE study.

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