Professor Louise Kenny wins Enterprise Ireland Life Sciences & Food Commercialisation Award

Project Coordinator Prof. Kenny has won the Enterprise Ireland Life Sciences & Food Commercialisation Award for developing and commercialising the first predictive diagnosis for pre-eclampsia in early pregnancy. Professor Kenny received the award at the Enterprise Ireland Big Ideas Technology Showcase which took place in Dublin on 25 September 2013. Presenting Professor Kenny with her … Read more

IMPROvED enrollment in ESBB

IMPROvED has attained membership of the European Society for Biopreservation and Biobanking (ESBB). The ESBB is a society for people involved in the collection and storage of biological materials from all species. The society, a regional chapter of the ISBER (International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories), is focussed on Europe, the Middle East and … Read more

IMPROvED available at

The study is publically available at as of June 27, 2013 (identifier NCT 01891240). Go to the study record details. is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world. ClinicalTrials is a service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Rare diseases: How Europe is meeting the challenges

The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the EC has issued a publication focussing on a group of diseases that are called ‘rare’ but actually affect over 30 million Europeans. IMPROvED is featured as one of the projects under “Cardiovascular, pulmonological and haematological disorders” on page 35 of this interesting and informative booklet. This section contains … Read more

IMPROvED is to be formally launched at the ISSHP 2013

IMPROvED project coordinator Prof. Louise Kenny (University College Cork), is to hold a presentation at the the next European ISSHP Congress in Tromsø, Norway, June 2013. The congress will provide a great opportunity to introduce the study the worldwide scientific community. The international Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy (ISSHP), founded in 1976, aims to … Read more

Press Release to Announce Project Launch

IMPROvED outlook for pre-eclampsia due to €6M EU award. A consortium led by University College Cork (UCC) has secured €6 million euro in FP7-health framework research funding to combat pre-eclampsia, a life-threatening pregnancy complication. The condition, whereby high blood pressure arises in the second half of pregnancy, accounts for as much as 24% of maternal … Read more

IMPROvED Kick-off Meeting

The first meeting of the Consortium took place in Cork, 4-7 Nov 2012 The IMPROvED kick-off meeting was organized and hosted by project coordinator UCC. The meeting took place at the Silver Birch House, Glengarriff/Cork. (see map).  The detailed programme is available for download.