Development of a serum biosignature for ectopic pregnancy

  • Robins, Jared Cory (PD/PI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


This proposal represents a unique opportunity to combine epidemiologic and basic science methodologies to understand and improve upon important limitations in our ability to diagnose and treat a reproductive disorder with important public health consequences. Utilizing access to a large number of geographically, racially and ethnically diverse women at risk for EP, we plan to conduct a series of multicenter case control studies using well phenotyped bio-specimens, and ultimately conduct a prospective cohort study to assess actual use in the intended patient population. The development of non invasive methods of diagnosis, such as a serum test to diagnose an EP and/or miscarriage with high accuracy, would have tremendous clinical impact. We plan to develop a multiple marker bio-signature profile to aid in the diagnosis of EP. We hypothesize that a small number of markers, used in combination, will be able to distinguish an EP from IUP (combination of ongoing IUP and miscarriage) and/or can be used to distinguish a nonviable gestation (combination of EP and miscarriage) from an ongoing IUP. In Specific aim 1 we will develop, refine and validate a serum (multiple marker) test to identify EP based on putative markers of early implantation and viability. In Specific Aim 2 we will validate the potential of newly discovered biomarkers of EP to add to (or replace) those in our current multiple marker panel. In Specific aim 3 we will conduct an unbiased three-way proteomic discovery study that will identify new, lower abundance biomarker candidates that distinguish between EP, IUP and miscarriage.
Effective start/end date5/7/143/31/20


  • University of Pennsylvania (564595//R01HD076279-05)
  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (564595//R01HD076279-05)


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