253534 Facilitating Increased Research on Poor Pregnancy Outcomes

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 2:52 PM

Donna Russell, MHA , Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA
The GAPPS Repository is the first open source pregnancy-focused biobank, and has become a global leader in standardizing and harmonizing collections across studies in high-, medium-, and low-resource settings. The GAPPS Repository was established in 2008, in response to researchers worldwide telling us that they needed high quality specimens associated with clinical and demographic data and metadata -- which is critically important for utilizing novel technologies and tools to improve our understanding of the biology of pregnancy. We will describe the GAPPS data and specimen collections; provide examples of how these specimens and data can be used to improve the understanding of normal and abnormal pregnancy, and the understanding of the long-term health and disease processes that may begin during fetal development; and outline the global harmonization efforts underway.

Learning Objectives:
Describe the GAPPS Repository network and collections Explain the global efforts to harmonize collections across studies Discuss opportunities to utilize data collected through these pregnancy cohorts to enhance state data on pregnancy outcomes

Keywords: Pregnancy, Genetics

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I established the GAPPS Repository; oversee its operations; and lead the global effort to harmonize collections across similar studies.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.