By Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $2.7 million grant to Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk.

The federal grant money will be used to study the placenta for early clues to pregnancy problems.

According to media reports, the local project is one of 19 across the country and in England and Canada receiving funding under the so-called Human Plancenta Project.

At Eastern Virginia Medical, Dr. Alfred Abuhamad chairs the school’s maternal fetal program and is an internationally recognized expert on the use of ultrasound to detect early problems in pregnancy.

The placenta connects the fetus to the uterine wall during pregnancy.

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