Preventing Preeclampsia
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Did you know?

  • Preeclampsia is the most common complication of pregnancy
  • One in 10 women will suffer from preeclampsia during their pregnancy
  • Preeclampsia is often called “high blood pressure in pregnancy”
  • Roughly 780 babies die every day in the world from preeclampsia
  • Preeclampsia is the major cause of premature birth
  • Over one million women are affected worldwide every year
  • Preeclampsia can cause both infant and maternal mortality as well as devastating long term issues such as brain damage and high blood pressure

In the News


August 20, 2016
2016 Charity Auction invitations out

When: Saturday 12th November 2016

Time: 7.00pm



August 13, 2015
2015 Charity Auction date announced

When: Saturday 17 October 2015

Time: 7.00-10.00pm

Where: Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney

Tickets: $150 per head

Dress: Lounge Suit

> More info and invitation on our Events page

  Five More article

October 25, 2013
The Pearl in the Oyster: One Woman’s Battle with Preeclampsia

Twelve years ago, when leading construction lawyer Amanda Davidson walked in for her 27 week pregnancy check-up she wasn’t at all worried. The then 38 year old expected to take pregnancy in her stride, as she did with everything else in her life. By the time she walked out of that appointment, her world had changed significantly...

> Read article on the Five More website

  Heart Research Institute

March 8, 2013
Heart Research Institute
Celebrating International Women's Day
Women and Heart Disease
Preeclampsia during pregnancy

Women who have suffered high blood pressure during pregnancy, have a high risk of developing heart disease in their 50's and 60's...

> Read article on the HRI website

  The AustralianSleep Journal 

January 15, 2013
The Australian
Mum's good night's sleep vital for fetal development

A LEADING medical researcher has called for a greater emphasis on the treatment of sleep disorders in pregnant women following research suggesting they could contribute to premature deliveries and low birth weight...

> Read article abstract on the PEARLS website
> Read full article on The Australian website
> Read original article on the SLEEP Journal website

  Sydney Morning HeraldUnder Pressure 

August 18, 2011
The Guardian
Learning to love my baby

After a life-threatening pregnancy and a premature birth I was scared to hold my newborn daughter – or to get too attached...

> Read full article on the guardian website

  Sydney Morning HeraldUnder Pressure  August 25, 2011
Sydney Morning Herald

Under Pressure

Kathleen Manson assumed her pregnancy would be an all-natural affair until high blood pressure and swelling set in. The diagnosis? Pre-eclampsia...

> Read full article on the Sydney Morning Herald website


PEARLS has made significant breakthroughs in establishing the cause of preeclampsia. Further work is needed to determine the mechanisms at play when a woman develops preeclampsia so that a screening test can be ultimately developed. With a screening test doctors will be able to identify those women who are likely to contract preeclampsia and put in place strategies for dealing with it and minimizing the consequences of it if and when it does arise. Ongoing research will continue to make a difference in the future for mothers and their babies.

> Click Here to find out about our latest research program


It is extremely important to raise awareness of the condition, as many women are not familiar with it and often seek help when it is too late. PEARLS has conducted womens lectures to raise awareness and will continue to increase its programs in this area.

> Click here for more information


Fundraising is our way of being able to provide important support for scientists involved in the PEARLS supported research projects. You can assist by making a donation or by your own fundraising initiatives. PEARLS welcomes any and all ideas as to fundraising activities.

> Click here to find out about our monthly giving program
> Click here to post a donation
> Click here to make an online donation
> Click here to send us your suggestion for a fundraising activity you would like to conduct.

Corporate Sponsorship

PEARLS is wholly reliant on the financial support of its sponsors and donors, and is seeking corporate sponsorship.

For more information please contact us.



Our next major fundraiser
will be an auction at


> More event info

Preeclampsia Research Laboratories (PEARLS)

PEARLS is a non profit organization established under the auspices of:

• The Heart Research Foundation
• Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
• Campbelltown Hospital

PEARLS aims to raise funds to:

• support ongoing research into the cause of preeclampsia
• raise awareness for early detection
• upgrade research equipment
• develop an early screening test to be implemented widely for pregnant women

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