The Centre aims to provide teaching and training of the highest international standard in both basic scientific and translational placental research. It achieves this aim by supporting Next Generation Fellowships, Group Leader positions, and Graduate Studentships. Details of these schemes are provided on subsequent pages. The Centre also organizes an annual scientific meeting (CTR Annual Trophoblast Meeting) that combines a themed session delivered by invited international speakers with free communications and poster presentations. The meeting is open to all interested, but registration is required. Within Cambridge, the Centre runs regular seminars and journal clubs that are open to all.
Since 2012 the Centre has run a one-week residential course in placental biology aimed at graduate students and post-doctoral scientists. This has proved highly popular, and feedback from participants has been universally positive. The course is a mix of lectures and hands-on practical sessions, and covers human and murine placental development, histology, epigenetics, immunology, metabolism, transport and stereology, along with transferable skills such as grant writing. Further details will be posted on the Centre's website and application forms are available from the Centre Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org.