Last Updated on Tuesday, February 02, 2016

The Vision Grant Award Program

According to the World Health Organization, preeclampsia is one of the least funded areas of research, especially when considered against Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs). The Preeclampsia Foundation’s Vision Grant Program fund medical research pertaining to the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.

The Preeclampsia Foundation, through the generous support of our donors, corporate partnerships, and community events such as The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia, has supported more than $550,000 in research since its founding in 2000. Successful projects have, in turn, garnered additional research support from major funding organizations, earned scientific merit at important meetings, and inspired young investigators to commit their life’s work to this complex field of study.

Vision Grant Program Announces 2016 Recipients

The Preeclampsia Foundation has announced that Sarah Schalekamp–Timmermans, MD, PhD, and Jacqueline Parchem, MD, are the recipients of its 2016 Vision Grants, highly competitive monetary awards recognizing the best young investigators with novel research ideas in preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. These two $20,000 research grants are awarded to the strongest scientific proposals recommended by the Preeclampsia Foundation’s scientific review committee with a further review by a consumer advisory board. The Foundation’s Board of Directors renders the final decision on those recommendations.

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The EMPOWER Program

EMPOWER (EMpowering Progress in Obstetric and Women's hEalth Research) was established to create partnerships between mentors and single sites or groups within low- and middle-income countries to improve clinical and health services research into the hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.

Funding is available up to $60,000 USD for a two-year research project. The immediate objective will be the completion of a project designed by a local investigator and, when appropriate, the dissemination of the results of the study to change practice and improve care.

EMPOWER is a collaboration of the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy, the Preeclampsia Foundation, PRE-EMPT/Global Pregnancy Collaboration, and supporting organization New Zealand Action on Pre-eclampsia.

EMPOWER Program Announces 2016 Recipient

The Preeclampsia Foundation, along with its partners International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy (ISSHP) and the PRE-EMPT/Global Pregnancy Collaboration (CoLab), announced the recipient of their EMPOWER Award for preeclampsia-related research at the opening ceremonies of the World Congress of ISSHP. Dr. Sarah Manyame, a physician-researcher with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Zimbabwe Parirenvatwa Group of Hospitals, was awarded $60,000 USD for her two-year project “Urine Biomarkers for Preeclampsia in High Risk Women.” Dr. James Roberts with the Magee-Womens Research Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will serve as Dr. Manyame’s mentor.

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International Society for the study of Hypertension in Pregnancy
October 23, 2016
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