The #heart is the first organ to develop in the womb and the first cause of concern for many parents.
For expecting mothers, the excitement of pregnancy is often offset by anxiety over medication they require. Parents and doctors often have to consider the mother’s health as well as the potential risk regarding how medication could affect their baby. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires certain drugs to be labeled with pregnancy exposure and risk. Some drugs are labeled to show that testing on animals has failed to demonstrate a risk but there are no adequate and well-controlled studies of pregnant women.
“Some drugs are difficult for doctors to prescribe to pregnant women because they don’t know the embryo toxicity, how does that effect fetal development,” said biomedical engineering Professor Zhen Ma. “They don’t have the clinical outcome based on human study.”
Ma and his research team in Syracuse University’s System Tissue Engineering & Morphogenesis (STEM) lab have been working with human induced pluripotent stem cells to study tissue regeneration, #regenerative medicine and #stem cell engineering.
“This type of stem cell has the ability to generate all the different cells in a human body. Because it was derived from humans,” said Ma.