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Research project

IMPRINT: IMmunising PRegnant women and INfants neTwork

Project overview

This project investigated the mechanisms by which maternal antibodies cross the placenta and reach the fetus. Transfer of maternal antibodies provides the newborn baby with passive immunity while its own immune system develops. Maternal diseases may reduce the effectiveness of this process and reduce the protection of the newborn infants.


Lead researcher

Professor Rohan Lewis PhD, FTPS

Prof of Placental&Integrative Physiology
Other researchers

Dr Chrissie Jones BMedSci, BMBS, FRCPCH, PgcertHBE, FHEA, PhD

Assoc Prof Paeds Infection & Immunology

Research interests

  • Vaccination in pregnancy
  • Infection risk reduction in pregnancy
  • Congenital infections