Pregnant women are much more susceptible to viral infections.

Half of all the deaths of women during the swine flu epidemic occurred in pregnant women. Our research has identified a key protein released by the placenta that we believe makes the pregnant woman vulnerable to viruses. We wish to confirm this in animal studies and to develop novel treatments to block the action of this protein, that could be used to protect pregnant women during future epidemics.

Research Area 
Project type 
Project Grant
Year of funding 
2013