Researchers at Queen's University are trying to find out if cheap, everyday drugs could save the lives of mothers and babies around the world.
More than 13 million women a year are diagnosed with high blood pressure during pregnancy, with one in four going on to develop the potentially fatal pre-eclampsia, which, if not spotted, can kill both mother and baby.
Dr Jeremy Yongxin Yu and his team have been awarded a $250,000 grant to investigate if the condition can be treated with common drugs including aspirin, paracetamol or antibiotics.
Dr Yu described full-blown pre-eclampsia as a "health crisis" that kills 500,000 babies and 75,000 mothers each year, mostly in developing countries.
"It's important these drugs be cheap," he added. "The purpose is to come up with a treatment that can be used over the world. That way, we will not only be advancing knowledge but changing lives."