When Lauren Aleksunes was a CVS pharmacist, pregnant women would often ask her questions about whether a certain dietary supplement was safe to take or even if a brand of hair dye could seep into their bodies and pose a risk to their unborn child.
And each time, Aleksunes grew increasingly frustrated because she couldn’t definitively say whether an everyday product was safe. There was just no data, no research being done.
Two decades later, Aleksunes is at the forefront of one of the most pressing health care issues in New Jersey and the nation: poor maternal outcomes.
She is leading a team of scientists at Rutgers University in partnership with four other colleges to try to improve the outcomes of pregnancies by focusing on what the placenta filters from a fetus, what it doesn’t and why.
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