Oct 26, 2022 | health and medicine

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The UK-based Pregnancy Care Integrating Translational Science, Everywhere (PRECISE) Network has set up biorepositories across sub-Saharan Africa to investigate the causes of placental pregnancy complications and enhance research capacity. The project encountered several challenges relating to facilities, staffing, training, cultural barriers, procurement, shipping and sample storage which impacted project timings and budget. However, with appropriate training and infrastructure development, the researchers have shown that is possible to facilitate high-quality sample collection in this region. This important achievement provides vital encouragement in support of establishing further biorepositories in less affluent regions.

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This SciPod is a summary of the paper ‘PRECISE pregnancy cohort: challenges and strategies in setting up a biorepository in sub-Saharan Africa’, from Reproductive Health. DOI:

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