At GAPPS our ultimate goal is to accelerate the understanding of prematurity and stillbirth to support new diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive strategies. Standardized research is central to our success. GAPPS is leading an effort to harmonize maternal data and samples across widespread collection sites to make it easier to compare findings across studies, facilitate new collaborations and augment a growing collective knowledge to help speed discoveries and solutions.
In 2010, GAPPS formed a Harmonization Strategy Workgroup composed of representatives from large, prospective maternal and data specimen collections, and experts from relevant research areas. The group’s purpose is to explore opportunities for harmonization across collection sites to advance basic and translational research by:
“The first tangible outcome of the harmonization efforts is a centralized global database of specimen collections that works like a ‘match.com for researchers.’”
— Dr. Craig Rubens, GAPPS executive director