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Every year, 800.000 babies are born extremely preterm (<28 weeks of age) worldwide. These infants are usually transferred to an air-based neonatal intensive care unit to support their heart and lung development. Exposure to air, however, leads to many complications, because the lungs are not fully developed yet. The perinatal life support (PLS) project aims to develop a novel, alternative environment,more similar to the mother’s womb. In this PLS system, extremely premature babies would be transferred to an environment where the lungs remain filled with fluid and the umbilical cord will be attached to an artificial placenta to improve their organ development and ease the transition to newborn life. This project aims to increase the chances of survival for extremely premature babies and not to change the viability threshold.

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Families

Families

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PLS at EPNIC conference

Two PLS abstracts accepted by ESPNIC conference Two abstracts are accepted by the ESPNIC (The European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care) conference, which is hosted online at 15-18 June . The follwing abstracts are submitted: – ‘Towards a Premature Fetal Manikin for Model-Driven Simulation to Validate Perinatal Life Support Technologies‘ by J.S. van Haren,…

News item in Leaps.org

Leaps.org: Artificial Wombs Are Getting Closer to Reality for Premature Babies – Stav Dimitropoulos – 23 September 2020 – The PLS consortium created a mannequin of 24 weeks-old fetus replicated from MR imaging. Leaps.org published an interesting news item about the mannequin. Read the news item here.

News item in ‘Het Financieele Dagblad’

Het Financieele Dagblad: Artificial uterus must fool fetus article. –Lex Rietman – 13 February 2021- The Netherlands is also working on the development of an artificial uterus. The TU/e – together with universities from Aachen and Milan – received a subsidy of € 2.90 million from the EU H2020 program for this. One of the…

PLS-complimentary project Juno

PLS-complimentary project Juno Perinatal Healthcare was awarded one of five Eindhoven Engine innovation projects Article translated and adapted from Linkmagazine (Dutch) With an investment of more than € 2.2 million, various innovative challenging projects with potential impact on society and the economy are given additional funds from Eindhoven Engine. Together these projects represent an investment of…

Consortium meeting

First consortium meeting of the international project “Perinatal Life Support” On the 2nd of June, the first consortium meeting of the international project “Perinatal Life Support (PLS)” was held. Due to the current circumstances, the consortium meeting was held via teleconference. The PLS project aims to develop an artificial womb to increase the chances of…

Kick-off meeting

The kick-off of an international project titled “Perinatal Life Support” On November 13th and 14th, the kick-off of an international project titled “Perinatal Life Support” (PLS) was held in Eindhoven, Netherlands. This 5-year project falls under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 FET Open Program to fund projects on new ideas for radically new future technologies.…