Outcomes We Study

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HOPE Consortium
Healthy Outcomes of Pregnancy for Everyone through Science, Partnership, and Equity



Outcomes We Study

Research by HOPE Consortium partners focuses on pregnancy and infant outcomes that are associated with short-term and long-term risk for death, disease, and disability. Consortium partners often work together on projects -- in fact, to be a consortium partner a group must be working collaboratively with other consortium partners on existing studies and grants.

Our focus on working collaboratively stems from a belief that progress requires that we de-silo areas of investigation. Molecular investigations benefit from understanding social context and investigations focused on social context benefit from understanding molecular drivers.

HOPE Consortium partners focus on a number of adverse pregnancy and infant outcomes including, for example, adverse pregnancy outcomes like preterm birth, preeclampsia, and intrauterine growth restriction (which increase the risk for short-term and long- term death and disability in women, birthing persons, and infants) as well as infant diagnoses and conditions including, for example, diagnosed structural and chromosomal birth defects, cerebral palsy, and neurodevelopment delay. We are interested in identifying factors that increase the risk for these outcomes but also in factors that may protect mothers and infants from adverse outcomes.

We are particularly interested in helping discover patterns that will lead to interventions aimed at decreasing the rate of adverse pregnancy and infant outcomes in populations most impacted by adverse outcomes -- particularly in Black and Brown women, birthing persons, and infants, and in those who are low-income or have a mental illness or other disability.