Verena Sengpiel’s research interest is in obstetrics and perinatal outcome, performing both epidemiological studies and clinical trials. As the responsible consultant for the special antenatal care unit at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden, she is especially interested in preterm delivery, pregnancies complicated by maternal diabetes, and how different environmental factors (e.g., nutrition) affect maternal and offspring health according to the developmental origins of health and disease hypothesis.
As chair of the Swedish Network for National Clinical Studies in Obstetrics and Gynecology (SNAKS), Sengpiel works to establish a research infrastructure that allows practitioners to combine clinical care with research and supports clinical multicenter studies. She is the principal investigator for the COVID-19 in pregnancy and early childhood (COPE) study and the outpatient induction (OPTION) study and a steering group member for several other clinical Swedish multicenter studies such as the Changing Diagnostic Criteria for Gestational Diabetes (CDC4G) study and the Swedish Post-term (SWEPIS) study. Further, Sengpiel is a member of the steering group for the Swedish Pregnancy Register, a quality register on pregnancy and childbirth, starting at the first visit to antenatal care and ending at the follow-up visit to the antenatal care. The register includes almost all births in Sweden.