Obstetric Research Division


Changing Health Care


Our eventual goal is to combine both lines of our research to develop therapies for the detection, amelioration and prevention of abnormal placentation in high-risk women.

If you want to participate in our research …


Our NIH-funded ultrasound study of the placenta needs your help. If you are in early pregnancy (less than or equal to 11 weeks gestation) you may be having a nuchal translucency ultrasound scan, a standard clinical screening procedure performed for most pregnant women. This procedure uses ultrasound to measure the thickness of the fluid buildup at the back of the developing baby’s neck. If this area is thicker than normal, it can be an early sign of Down syndrome, trisomy 18, or heart problems. If you are having this procedure performed at Hackensack University Medical Center, you will also have two other scans as standard of care, to measure placental volume and uterine artery blood flow. We would like to make use of these ultrasound scans in our research on placental implantation and pregnancy outcomes. This will be anonymous; we will assign a ID code to your information which will be used throughout the research.