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[Perspectives] Louise Kenny: pioneer in maternal and perinatal health

Louise Kenny started searching for early predictors of pre-eclampsia almost two decades ago. Today, her research offers the tantalising prospect of an early pregnancy screening test. “It’s biomarker based only, it’s done at 15 weeks, it doesn’t need any clinical or scan information, and if it’s as accurate as we think it is from our preliminary work, then it’s going to be a really useful tool in the antenatal clinic”, says Kenny, Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool, UK, and Consultant and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at University College Cork in Ireland.