Congratulations again, this time for former Next Generation Fellow Miguel Branco, who was named Abcam Scientist of the Month. Do read his interview here!
Special congratulations are in order for Ashley Moffett. Along with Annettee Nakimuli (et al), she has written a paper recently published in PNAS focussing on the fact that there is a KIR B centromeric region present in Africans but not Europeans, that protects pregnant women from pre-eclampsia. Well done Ashley! Click link for details: A KIR B centromeric region present in Africans but not Europeans protects pregnant women from pre-eclampsia.
More congratulations are in order, this time for Graham Burton, Ashley Moffett and Barry Keverne for the publication of their Discussion Meeting in The Royal Society's Philosophical Transactions B. Human evolution: brain, birth weight and the immune system was published on 19th January 2015. This Theme Issue discusses the complexity of the human brain, which is unique amongst mammals. However, the large size of the brain at birth poses risks to mother and offspring due to constraints on pelvic architecture and uterine perfusion imposed by bipedalism, the so-called ‘obstetric dilemma’. Thus ensues an exploration of the complex network of interactions regulating brain development in the light of new concepts in placental evolution, the immune system at the maternal-fetal interface, and genomic imprinting. This issue is based on a Discussion Meeting held at the Royal Society in June 2014. Well done!