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NSW CVRN Professional Development Award

Project Member(s): McClements, L.

Funding or Partner Organisation: NSW Cardiovascular Research Network (NSW Cardiovascular Research Network Travel Scholarship)
NSW Cardiovascular Research Network (NSW Cardiovascular Research Network Travel Scholarship)

Start year: 2022

Summary: The International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy (ISSHP) world congress takes place annually and brings together world experts in preeclampsia clinical and basic science research. My research program focuses on understanding pathogenic mechanisms of preeclampsia towards the development of better monitoring and treatment strategies in pregnancy. Inappropriate placental development is the root cause of preeclampsia, however, reliable models of early placenta are lacking. To address these gaps, we developed a novel placenta-on-a-chip model and diagnostic biomarkers. The annual congress of the ISSHP is a perfect platform for me to share our early findings which have not yet been published, and build further collaborations with world leaders in pregnancy and preeclampsia field. For this conference, I submitted two abstracts related to the topics of: 1) Trophoblast biology, and 2) Biomarkers of Hypertensive Diseases in Pregnancy. At the University of Technology Sydney, there is no critical mass in pregnancy research, hence as an early-mid career researcher, it is extremely important for me to collaborate with other experts in the field across the globe. Attending this prestigious 23rd ISSHP international conference will help me extend my multidisciplinary collaborative network with both clinicians and basic scientists, and hence provide opportunities to progress my research through creating future joint grant proposals, joint projects, publications and student co-supervision. Given my research is translational, attending this conference will significantly help its progression from bench to bedside, further develop my career, build my national and international reputation in the field, and increase my research productivity.

FOR Codes: Biochemistry and cell biology, Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)