Research groups

Foetal environment and obstetrical complication


Coordinators of the group

  • M. Dolores Gómez Roig

We consider it necessary to conduct further studies on the condition of the foetus so that its condition may be evaluated at any moment in the gestation period.

We do possess methods allowing us to determine the welfare situation of the foetus but when these methods show that the foetus may be in a risk situation, we do not have precise diagnostic tests to quantify the foetal condition with a view to making an accurate diagnosis and to correctly adapting the obstetric action.

Our main sub-lines of research are the following:

  • Risk of loss of foetal welfare.
  • Preterm delivery. Premature newborn.
  • Foetal growth retardation.


  1. Study of markers in amniotic fluid and foetal blood to determine the degree of foetal involvement in a hypoxia situation.
  2. Study of pulmonary vascularisation and texture in order to determine the degree of pulmonary maturation.
  3. Ultrasonographic study of the situation and dimensions of the cervix to prevent preterm delivery.Determination of the maternal nutritional habits and their influence on tumoral markers of type IGFBP and leptin (collaboration with the University of Navarra).
  4. Biochemical markers in maternal serum of type VEGF and PLGF in the onset of restricted foetal growth.Studies of Doppler indexes in maternal, placental, umbilical and foetal haemodynamics, in both arterial and venous territory.Diagnostic value of volume measurement in 3D ultrasound scan by the VOCAL programme.
  5. Studies of genetic mosaicisms in placentas with restricted foetal growth foetus.