Pre-eclampsia Research

World Pre-Eclampsia Day Research

NEW: APEC Research Portal

One of the key roles of APEC is to be the patient voice in world class research. We have launched a research portal so researchers who need APEC and patients to get involved can quickly ask for our support and provide us with all the information we need to quickly act to help.

PARROT-2 Follow on study assesses impact of PlGF tests

Researchers at Kings College London are in the process of conducting a follow on study to PARROT, PARROT-2. PlGF-based testing has been demonstrated to be useful in ruling out a diagnosis of pre-eclampsia.

PLGF based tests in suspected pre-eclampsia

The use of PLGF based tests in suspected pre-eclampsia

Placental growth factor (PlGF) is a protein involved in placental angiogenesis (the development of new blood vessels). In pre-eclampsia, levels of PlGF can be abnormally low.

Reducing maternal deaths from hypertensive disorders

Reducing maternal deaths from hypertensive disorders

Confidential inquiries into maternal deaths in the UK were established in 1952 and have aimed to report on every pregnancy related death since then.

Pre-eclampsia Information and Support

Placental growth factor testing

Placental growth factor testing to assess women with suspected pre-eclampsia: a multicentre, pragmatic, stepped-wedge cluster-randomised controlled trial.


The PHOENIX trial is a non-masked, randomised controlled trial, comparing planned early delivery with usual care in women with pre-eclampsia between 34+0 and 36+6 weeks’ gestation.

Latest research news

March 27, 2020

PlGF Testing in Scotland – an update

We continue to be concerned about the lack of take up of PlGF testing in Scotland and as a result of our recent discussions with policy […]
March 12, 2020

iPlacenta Research project launches new flyer

iPLACENTA is a major doctoral programme in Maternal and Fetal Health, supported by APEC and many others. The team are based at Dundee University and funded […]
March 4, 2020

Bereavement survey for parents

Action on Pre-eclampsia are collaborating with researchers at the University of Manchester. We are asking parents who have had a stillbirth or neonatal death after pre-eclampsia […]
March 2, 2020

PlGF – Why APEC believe this is important for Scottish Mums

On March 3rd 2020 the Scottish Parliament will debate Pre-eclampsia Testing in Scotland (motion can be accessed here.) Action on Pre-eclampsia is the UK’s predominant charity […]
February 11, 2020

PARROT-2 Follow on study assesses impact of PlGF tests

Repeat placental growth factor-based testing for women with suspected preterm pre-eclampsia: the PARROT-2 Trial Researchers at Kings College London are in the process of conducting a […]
January 31, 2020

Pre-eclampsia and its effects on men’s mental health. Can you help with a study?

APEC supporter Alice, who suffered with pre-eclampsia herself, is conducting some research for her MA Dissertation. Please read the below message from her, thank you for […]

Cradle VSA Blood Pressure Monitor

Find out more about the world’s first medical device to detect shock and high blood pressure in pregnant women that could cut maternal deaths in developing countries by up to 25%, saving more than 70,000 lives a year.