Pregnancy and the first months of childhood have a life-long impact on your health. We aim to develop strategies to improve this early phase of life.

Many adverse environmental factors can influence the fetus and the child. Some of them, like smoking and maternal diet, can be controlled by the mother. Others, like placental dysfunction, can still not be efficiently treated.

Our group focuses on

  • Which molecular factors have long-lasting effects on the child’s health;
  • are there chances to influence these factors or the way they work on the fetus;
  • can we predict outcome by using them as biomarkers.

Our research involves human biomaterials and laboratory models, which are analysed by state-of-the-art epigenetic technology.


How our research benefits to society

Disorders of pregnancy are of course detrimental for the child and the parents. Moreover, they might have long lasting consequences by increasing the life-time risk to develop chronic disease.

We aim to find ways to both protect the child and reduce these long-time burden for the family and society.


Torsten Plösch Adjunct Professor Experimental Perinatology

Dept. Obstetrics and Gynaecology
University Medical Center Groningen
NL 9713 GZ Groningen

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