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Maternal and Fetal Medicine

The Maternal and Fetal Medicine Research Group has been recognized by AGAUR as a consolidated research group. It is a multidisciplinary team which integrates different knowledge areas in basic and clinical research. Basic research aims to identify new diagnostic and therapeutic tools in maternal and fetal pathologies, while clinical research intends to apply these tools in clinical practice.

The group coordinator is Dr. Elena Carreras, awarded with the professional excellence award by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Barcelona in 2018.

The group has different investigation areas:

  • Preterm delivery and vaginal microbiota
  • Placental insufficiency    
  • Fetal spina bifida prenatal surgical treatment 
  • Obstetric ultrasound, fetal medicine and fetal therapy
  • Maternal and obstetric pathology and infections during gestation


Cut-off values for Gaussian first-trimester screening for early-onset preeclampsia with maternal history, biochemical markers and uterine artery Doppler.

PMID: 32512213
Journal: Journal of Gynecology Obstetrics and Human Reproduction
Year: 2021
Reference: J Gynecol Obstet Hum Reprod. 2021 Jan;50(1):101827. doi: 10.1016/j.jogoh.2020.101827. Epub 2020 Jun 5.
Impact factor: 1.691
Publication type: Paper in international publication
Authors: Mendoza, Manel, Tur, Helena, Garcia-Manau, Pablo, Hurtado, Ivan, Serrano, Berta, Lopez-Martinez, Rosa Maria, Castellote, Laura, Martinez, Luisa, Bonacina, Erika, Carreras, Elena et al.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jogoh.2020.101827

Authors' reply re: Pre-eclampsia-like syndrome induced by severe COVID-19: a prospective observational study.

PMID: 33225590
Year: 2021
Reference: BJOG. 2021 Feb;128(3):618. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.16583. Epub 2020 Nov 23.
Impact factor: 6.531
Publication type: Letter or abstract
Authors: Mendoza, M, Garcia-Ruiz, I, Carreras, E, Suy, A et al.
DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528.16583

Diagnostic accuracy of first-trimester combined screening for early-onset and preterm preeclampsia at 8-10 weeks compared to 11-13 weeks gestation.

PMID: 32388877
Year: 2021
Reference: Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2021 Jan;57(1):84-90. doi: 10.1002/uog.22071.
Impact factor: 7.299
Publication type: Paper in international publication
Authors: Bonacina, E, Carreras, E, Garcia-Ruiz, I, Sanchez-Duran, M A, Aviles, M, Mendoza, M, Garcia-Manau, P, Arevalo, S, Serrano, B et al.
DOI: 10.1002/uog.22071

Patient blood management in obstetrics: prevention and treatment of postpartum haemorrhage. A NATA consensus statement.

PMID: 30865585
Journal: Blood Transfusion
Year: 2019
Reference: Blood Transfus. 2019 Mar;17(2):112-136. doi: 10.2450/2019.0245-18. Epub 2019 Feb 6.
Impact factor: 3.352
Publication type: Paper in international publication
Authors: Munoz, Manuel, Stensballe, Jakob, Ducloy-Bouthors, Anne-Sophie, Bonnet, Marie-Pierre, De Robertis, Edoardo, Fornet, Ino, Goffinet, Francois, Hofer, Stefan, Holzgreve, Wolfgang, Manrique, Susana et al.
DOI: 10.2450/2019.0245-18

Virological surveillance of human respiratory syncytial virus A and B at a tertiary hospital in Catalonia (Spain) during five consecutive seasons (2013-2018).

PMID: 30860397
Journal: Future Microbiology
Year: 2019
Reference: Future Microbiol. 2019 Mar;14:373-381. doi: 10.2217/fmb-2018-0261. Epub 2019 Mar 12.
Impact factor: 2.746
Publication type: Paper in international publication
Authors: Pinana, Maria, Andres, Cristina, Rodrigo-Pendas, Jose A, Peremiquel-Trillas, Paula, Codina, Maria G, Carmen Martin, Maria Del, Esperalba, Juliana, Fuentes, Francisco, Rubio, Susana, Campins-Marti, Magda et al.
DOI: 10.2217/fmb-2018-0261

Cervical pessary for preventing preterm birth in twin pregnancies with maternal short cervix after an episode of threatened preterm labour: randomised controlled trial.

PMID: 30826339
Year: 2019
Reference: Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2019 Jul;221(1):55.e1-55.e14. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2019.02.035. Epub 2019 Feb 28.
Impact factor: 6.12
Publication type: Paper in international publication
Authors: Merced, Carme, Goya, Maria, Pratcorona, Laia, Rodo, Carlota, Llurba, Elisa, Higueras, Teresa, Cabero, Luis, Carreras, Elena et al.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ajog.2019.02.035

Comparative study of intracisternal kaolin injection techniques to induce congenital hydrocephalus in fetal lamb.

PMID: 30805823
Year: 2019
Reference: Childs Nerv Syst. 2019 May;35(5):843-849. doi: 10.1007/s00381-019-04096-1. Epub 2019 Feb 25.
Impact factor: 1.327
Publication type: Paper in international publication
Authors: Duru, Soner, Oria, Marc, Arevalo, Silvia, Rodo, Carlota, Correa, Laura, Vuletin, Fernando, Sanchez-Margallo, Francisco, Peiro, Jose L et al.
DOI: 10.1007/s00381-019-04096-1

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