Canada – China – New Zealand Joint Laboratory of Maternal and Fetal Medicine.

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Canada – China -New Zealand Joint Laboratory of Maternal and Fetal Medicine grew out of the Obstetric Lab of the First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University. In response to the initiative of Prof. Philip Baker from University of Auckland, Prof. David Olson from University of Alberta, Prof. Hong-Bo Qi from Chongqing Medical University and other scientists established Canada-China-New Zealand International Pregnancy Research Alliance (IPRA), with the help of Consulate of Canada in Chongqing in April 2012. From then on, scientists from IPRA have closely collaborated in research and personnel training.

In 2013, Prof. Philip Baker was recruited by Chongqing Medical University and was successfully granted by the “Recruitment Program of Foreign Experts”, the sub-programs of the “Recruitment Program of Global Experts” (1000 Talent Plan). Financed by this program and supported by Chongqing Medical University, the Canada – China – New Zealand Joint Laboratory of Maternal and Fetal Medicine and Chongqing Center of International Pregnancy Research Alliance was therefore established. The laboratory focuses on studying molecular mechanism and therapeutic methods of diseases, which have severe effects on maternal and fetal health. These diseases are preeclampsia (PE), gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), fetal origin of diseases, preterm and premature rupture of membranes, fetal growth retardation (FGR), and etc.