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Vote for PIERS on the Move for a People’s Choice award at Saving Lives at Birth

July 25, 2013
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Pre-eclampsia Integrated Estimate of RiSk (PIERS) on the Move is in the running for a People’s Choice Award at the annual Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development competition.

PIERS on the Move is a CFRI-, BC Children’s- and BC Women’s-led project that aims to save the lives of moms and babies by preventing the deadly complications of pre-eclampsia.  It’s led by Dr. Peter von Dadelszen and Dr. Mark Ansermino in collaboration with Dr. Guy Dumont with UBC’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

In 2011, PIERS on the Move received seed funding from Saving Lives at Birth. Later this month, the project’s principal investigators will return to Washington D.C. for the final stages of this annual international funding competition. This time they are hoping to secure transition funding to refine and test two innovations: the miniPIERS predictive model, which can accurately asses a women’s risk for complications related to pre-eclampsia up to a week before they arise without laboratory tests; and the Phone Oximeter, a device that turns a cell phone into a portable blood-oxygen tester. 

Pre-eclampsia is the second-leading cause of death in childbirth around the world. Of the women and babies who die or suffer complications related to pre-eclampsia, over 99 per cent live in middle and low income countries. It arises during pregnancy and following delivery, and affects both the mother and the unborn baby. Deaths related to pre-eclampsia are often preventable and are typically due to delays in diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. von Dadelszen is a senior clinician scientist with the Reproduction & Healthy Pregnancy Cluster at CFRI; professor with the UBC Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and a consultant in Maternal Fetal Medicine at BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre.

Dr. Ansermino is a senior associate clinician scientist and Director of the Innovations in Acute Care & Technology (iACT) research cluster at CFRI; associate professor, UBC Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, and Director of Research for Pediatric Anesthesia, BC Children's Hospital.

Dr. Dumont is a scientist with iACT at CFRI; professor with UBC’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and an associate member, UBC Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics.

Saving Lives at Birth is a joint initiative of USAID, the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and the Department for International Development in the United Kingdom. 

Vote now for PIERS on the Move at Voting ends on July 31, 2013. Visitors to the site have to log in to vote.