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The nights are indeed dark but we are heading into a bright future in terms of our exciting plans for 2020!

Happy New Year and apologies for the delay with our January newsletter.
We hope you all had a lovely Christmas. 
We have had some slight changes to the APEC team as we welcome our new Office Administrator, Charlie Gledhill. Charlie joined the charity at the beginning of January 2020 and is just starting out in her career.  We are delighted she has joined the team as she brings a wealth of  IT knowledge and enthusiasm to the charity as we continue to build on raising awareness and reaching new audiences.
 
We would like to thank all our supporters for your continued support!

Pre-Eclampsia Survey - Alice Clements 

Have you or your experienced preeclampsia in the last 6 months?

Alice is an MSc student who is looking for male partners of women who have had PE within the past 6 months to complete an online survey about their emotional well-being. Support following pre-eclampsia is limited and there is little research into the men's emotional well-being after their partner has experienced PE.

If you are male and your partner had pre-eclampsia between 1st July and 31st December 2019, Then Alice would really appreciate your help. Please click the link below that will take you to information about the survey and how to take part. 

Thank you
VIEW THE SURVEY HERE

PlGF Project shortlisted for UK Diagnostics Award
We are pleased to announce that the PIGF Project had been shortlisted for a UK Diagnostics Award back in November and we are even more delighted to announce that the collaboration with Roche Diagnostics, Oxford AHSN and NHS to introduce a new test for pre-eclampsia in to the maternity units was the winner of the ‘Best Healthcare Provider Partnership’ category of the HSJ Partnership Awards.
 
The PIGF testing predicts great accuracy as to whether pregnant women will develop pre-eclampsia and rules out those who will not which means that they will not have to undergo the worry of any inconveniences.  This would also mean that all resources can be more prioritised for the women who need them.  

FIND OUT MORE
High blood pressure in pregnancy decision aid 
 
We would like to let you know that the decision aid materials have been officially endorsed by NICE. They are now promoted in the NICE hypertension in pregnancy guidelines in the tools and resources section.  APEC are delighted that these are accessible on our website.
VIEW THE RESOURCES

Effects of PE on the maternal heart during pregnancy

A new study has began at St Thomas' Hospital which focuses on the effect of pre-eclampsia on the maternal heart, which consists of a 1h MRI scan where detailed information is obtained on the maternal heart (e.g. outflow, velocity, ejection volume and detailed anatomy),the placenta (oxygenation, microstructure) and the fetus.

Ethical approval has been obtained from the Dulwich Ethics Committe to advertise in various ways, including online resources aimed to support pregnant women. It would be really important for the study to recruit a large number of women at high risk of PE or diagnosed with PE.

 
FIND OUT MORE
If so then please email Katherine on Katherine.baker2@nhs.net or call 023 8120 5377.
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Please note that our annual Expert Meeting takes place on Thursday 21st May 2020 this year and it is again at the Henry Wellcome Auditorium, 183 Euston Road, University Of London, London NW1 2BE.

This years theme is Putting the Patient at the Heart of all we do.
REGISTER INTEREST FOR THE EXPERT MEETING 2020
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