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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


Surveillance of enteroviruses from paediatric patients attended at a tertiary hospital in Catalonia from 2014 to 2017.

PMID: 30530096
Year: 2019
Reference: J Clin Virol. 2019 Jan;110:29-35. doi: 10.1016/j.jcv.2018.11.004. Epub 2018 Nov 30.
Impact factor: 3.02
Publication type: Paper in international publication
Authors: Pumarola, Tomas, Andres, Cristina, Vila, Jorgina, Gimferrer, Laura, Pinana, Maria, Esperalba, Juliana, Codina, Maria Gema, Barnes, Meritxell, Martin, Maria Carmen, Fuentes, Francisco et al.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcv.2018.11.004



Dr. Elizabeth Echoka proposes a digital platform to monitor obstetric risks in pregnant women in underserved populations.

The team will design and implement a training program for professionals for the respectful care of maternity and childbirth.

Research led by the doctor has stopped unnecessary medicalisation with aspirin during pregnancy.


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