Human Placenta Project (HPP) 2021 Meeting

May 10-11, 2021




The live videocast of this meeting will be hosted on the NIH Videocast website. It will be accessible at


The placenta is immensely important for supporting the development of the fetus. Any failure of the placenta to function optimally can impact not only fetal development, but also cause pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia, increase maternal mortality and morbidity, and impact the lifelong health of both mother and child. Despite its importance, the placenta is the least understood, and least studied, of all human organs. NICHD's HPP is a collaborative research effort to develop new tools for studying how the placenta develops and functions across pregnancy, in real time and in a safe and non-invasive manner.

The goal of this HPP meeting is to answer two broad questions:

  • What is the current state of placental knowledge and assessment capability?
  • What are the key gaps and opportunities that need to be addressed going forward?

This meeting brings together multidisciplinary experts and broad thinkers, including computer scientists, engineers, placental biologists, clinicians, and patients, to discuss lessons learned from HPP research and engage in active discussions about possible future directions for HPP and placental research.

Individuals who need reasonable accommodations to participate in this activity should contact Monica Barnette at by Friday, April 30, 2021.

New to HPP2021: A Crowdsource Platform for Global Engagement

NICHD aims to spark conversations among HPP’s diverse stakeholders about priority areas for future placental and project research. HPP leaders launched the HPP: Help Shape Pregnancy and Placenta Research campaign on the IdeaScale platform to allow stakeholders to submit ideas and provide feedback on others’ ideas.

Participants can comment on seven pre-populated themes or add their own ideas to the conversation. Participation is not anonymous; you must register with a valid email to access the HPP IdeaScale campaign. Please note that ideas discussed through IdeaScale are not an obligation by NICHD to fund or pursue research; they will, however, provide useful insight into the needs to the placenta research community.

This campaign will remain open until after the HPP2021 meeting concludes.

More Information


For program-related questions:
Dr. David Weinberg, Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch, Division of Extramural Research (DER), NICHD
Phone: 301-435-6973

For meeting content-related questions:
Kathryn Adams, Office of the Director, DER, NICHD
Phone: 301-496-8535

Please note: Views expressed during NICHD-sponsored events do not necessarily reflect the opinions or the official positions of NICHD, NIH, or HHS.
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