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UMD Transplant Organ Flight Named Invention of the Year
Assessing the Neurological Damage of the Zika Virus on Unborn Babies
Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging pathogen which infected over 2 million people across 84 countries between 2014 and 2017. New research details the neurological damage that ZIKV causes babies infected while still in utero. Infections early in pregnancy lead to severe malformations in newborn babies including microcephaly and arthrogryposis (deformed joints). Infection later in pregnancy produces lower rates of microcephaly, but can still lead to tissue damage and developmental abnormalities. This recently completed project was supported by the University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation, a partner organization of the Fischell Institute.