Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donates $7 million to Research

December 3, 2010 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given $7 million to  benefit women across the province.

Researchers working at the Child & Family Research Institute will use the funds to test new strategies for the monitoring, prevention, and treatment of pre-eclampsia, a medical condition in which high blod pressure arises in pregnancy.

“Hypertensive disorders, or high blood pressure, complicate five to 10 percent of pregnancies and can lead to serious maternal and fetal illness or death. Pre-eclampsia, the most serious of these disorders, is the second leading cause of maternal death worldwide, resulting in up to 76,000 maternal deaths each year,” UBC said in a news release today.

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