Our mission is to understand the causes and progression of pre-eclampsia or high blood pressure in pregnancy
The Vascular Immunology Group investigates the causes of pre-eclampsia through studying placentas and placental cells in the laboratory. We have been able to identify factors coming from
the placenta that lead to damage in the mothers’ blood vessels and how this interaction can affect high cholesterol and other substances known to increase the risk of blood vessel and heart disease.
Professor Annemarie Hennessy, who leads the Vascular Immunology Group, is also the Managing Director of PEARLS, a non-profit organisation established under the auspices of the Heart Research Institute, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Campbelltown Hospital to raise funds to support ongoing research into the cause of preeclampsia in pregnancy.
What impact will this research have?
The Vascular Immunology group has made several major discoveries about the relationship between high blood pressure in pregnancy and risks of heart disease and blood pressure in later life. This will influence the type of advice that is given to women after their pregnancy.