September 30, 2016

International Federation of Placenta Association honors Dr. Sascha Drewlo

The International Federation of Placenta Association's has selected Wayne State University School of Medicine Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Sascha Drewlo, Ph.D., to receive the Gabor Than Award in Placentology.

The honor acknowledges his contributions to the field as a trained molecular cell biologist specializing in biotechnology and placental pathology. His research focuses on closing the gap between diagnosis of placental dysfunction and treatment. He also is interested in the early detection of fetal and placental disorders, and deciphering the underlying molecular mechanisms of abnormal placentation.

The award was presented at the association's "Placenta: Back to Basics" meeting, held Sept. 13-16 in Portland, Ore., and is given every other year to early career investigators who are within 10 years of their terminal degree. The award includes a $2,000 prize, bronze medal, and accommodations and registration for the IFPA's next meeting.

He also presented an invited lecture during a plenary session. "Quo Vadis, trophoblast? Exploring the new ways of an old cell lineage" will be published in the journal Trophoblast Research following peer review.

Dr. Drewlo, a member of the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development, received his doctorate in 2006 from German Sport University Cologne in Germany. He completed his post-doctoral translational research training at the University of Toronto's Lunenfeld Research Institute. He joined the School of Medicine faculty in 2013.

He received the Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award in 2014 and a five-year R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health in 2015 to investigate human trophoblast differentiation and the potential of novel intervention strategies for preeclampsia. More information about his research is available at