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Preeclampsia and Stem Cell Research: The Parent's Perspective

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Preeclampsia is a disorder of the placenta that complicates 5-8% of all pregnancies worldwide and is the leading cause of maternal death in the developed world. It's also the leading cause of fetal growth restriction and there's no cure except to deliver the baby. Due to this fact preeclampsia is the number one cause of induced preterm delivery in the U.S. Babies that survive often spend months in neonatal intensive care and have many complications and increase risk for heart disease and diabetes later in life. In this video Silvia Michelazzi, a preeclampsia survivor, and her husband Dr. Matteo Moretto-Zito share their daughter's birth story. CIRM grantee Dr. Mana Parast, a UCSD perinatal pathologist who is working on finding a preeclampsia treatment, introduces the couple. Show less
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CIRM Stem Cell #SciencePitch Challenge Play

For scientists, the importance of explaning their work to the average person is critical. If they can't make their research comprehensible and engaging they risk losing the attention of journalists, potential donors, politicians, or all those good people whose tax money funds their science.

To help promote better science communication with the public, CIRM held an elevator pitch video challenge at the 2013 CIRM Grantee Meeting March 7-9 in San Francisco. Participants recorded pitches (ideally 30 seconds or less) describing their research on camera at the meeting. Those who could not attend the meeting sent in their videos. Thanks to everyone for participating.

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