Model mimics nutrient exchange between mother and fetus

Researchers at FAU developed a model to help treat placental malaria

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Researchers at Florida Atlantic University are learning more about the exchange of nutrients between a mother infected with malaria and her fetus.

Dr. Sarah Du with F.A.U.’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, along with the Schmidt College of Medicine and Dr. Andrew Oleinikov with the Schmidt College of Medicine collaborated on the project.

They developed a model using a piece of placenta on a chip to study ways to treat placental malaria.

“Because placental malaria causes underdevelopment of the fetus and fetal death as well because of this nutrient transport between the mother and the fetus,” Du said.

The F.A.U device could also serve as a model for other placenta-related diseases.

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