Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center researchers in Amarillo have received a grant to address preeclampsia rates in the Panhandle.

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health awarded a two-year, $1.47 million grant to a local research coalition led by Dr. Christine Garner, assistant vice president for research and an assistant professor for the Department of Pediatrics, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the InfantRisk Center.

Preeclampsia, a condition marked by high blood pressure, protein in the urine, and inflammation, is a major cause of maternal mortality,

The Vibrant Moms project will seek to address the significant maternal health disparities that exist in Deaf Smith, Gray, Parmer, Potter, Randall, and Swisher counties, 

The program will be managed by the Panhandle Maternal Health Disparities Research Coalition,  Amarillo Public Health, the Wesley Community Center, and others.