Human Placenta Project


In support of the Office of Personnel Management guidance to strengthen our efforts to protect the federal workforce to ensure continuity of operations, NIH is urging that all large meetings and symposia that are not mission critical and are scheduled to be held at NIH facilities or organized by NIH over the next 30 days either be held virtually using tele/videoconferencing services, postponed, or cancelled.

To this end, the HPP6 workshop scheduled for May 11-12 is postponed. Please contact with any questions.

Human Placenta Project logoThe placenta is arguably one of the most important organs in the body. It influences not just the health of a woman and her fetus during pregnancy, but also the lifelong health of both mother and child.

Despite its importance, we know little about this critical but temporary organ. NICHD's Human Placenta Project (HPP) is a collaborative research effort to understand the role of the placenta in health and disease. HPP aims to develop new tools to study the organ in real time to learn how it develops and functions throughout pregnancy.

The success of this effort relies on the contributions of a broad range of scientists and clinicians, including experts in placental biology, as well as creative thinkers in biotechnology, imaging, data science, and other areas.

Check out the Fact Sheet: The Human Placenta Project (PDF 143 KB) for more information. You can also learn more about how the placenta forms.

Use this PubMed link to access all recent scientific articles from the HPP.

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