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Centre for Trophoblast Research


Emerging models of human and non-human primate placental development

The conference will be an opportunity to discuss progress and challenges in trophoblast stem cell and placental organoid research. 

Where: Churchill College, Storey's Way, Cambridge CB3 0DS 

When: Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd July 2024 

Programme: 2024 Digital Annual Meeting Booklet

Confirmed speakers: 

  • Hiroaki Okae (IMEG, Kumamoto University)
  • Margherita Turco (Friedrich Miescher Institute)
  • Thorold Theunissen (Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis)
  • Yasuhiro Takashima (CIRA, Kyoto University)
  • Yonatan Stelzer (Weizmann Institute)
  • Laurent David (University of Nantes)
  • Mana Parast (University of California San Diego)
  • Hongmei Wang (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
  • Martin Knoefler (Medical University of Vienna)
  • Irene Zorzan (University of Cambridge)
  • Claudia Gerri (Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG))
  • Thorsten Boroviak (University of Cambridge)



The annual meeting will be held at Churchill College and online. Churchill College, founded in 1960, is set amongst picturesque parkland of one of the largest Cambridge campuses, but still only a short walk from central Cambridge.

Churchill’s alumni includes the in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) pioneer Professor Sir Robert Edwards whose records are held in the Churchill Archives Centre.


Call for posters & flash talks

We invite abstract submissions for flash talk and poster presentation for the 2024 Annual Meeting on topics related to emerging models of human and nonhuman primate placental development.

For more information, visit our abstract submission corner.


Registration and fees

In-person registration is now closed

CTR members* Free
Academic (non-members)    £50
Industry £150

In-person registration fee will include:

  • Full access to scientific programme: oral and poster presentations, and networking on campus
  • Access to the online conference portal to network with online participants
  • Refreshments during the conference


Online attendance

CTR members* Free
Any non-members £25

Virtual registration fee will include:

  • Access to the virtual event portal (Log in details will be emailed a few days before the event starts)
  • Live-stream sessions, including online networking channels

* Please note that this includes honorary members and group members of CTR group leaders.


Travel visas

Citizens of many countries can travel to the UK for a course without needing a visa. Please check the UK government website for visitor information

Confirmed attendees requiring a letter to support a visa application should contact Tamsin Smyth (


Travel and Accommodation 

There is limited accommodation available on-site which can be booked directly through Churchill College via this booking link: Bed & Breakfast - Churchill College Conferences (

We invite delegates to explore alternative options around Cambridge, including convenient hotels, guest rooms, and college rooms. For more information, please visit:



If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact Erin Slatery ( or Tamsin Smyth (

See 2023 Annual Meeting pages for an outline of what to expect. 


2024 Annual Meeting Gold Sponsors


Other Support

The Centre for Trophoblast Research is grateful to the Company of Biologists for supporting us in uniting trophoblast research with hybrid conference technology through their Scientific Meeting and Sustainable Conferencing funds.

By convening our online and in-person audiences, we aim to invite global perspectives and participation while minimising the environmental footprint of our meetings. Climate change is an urgent global crisis with dramatic consequences for health and reproduction. Simple software solutions that enable remote participation will enable the global reproductive biology research community to make sustainability central to our work.


If you'd like to sponsor the 2024 Annual Meeting please contact us

2024 Registration

In-person registration is now closed.

CTR members* Free 
Academic (non-members)    £50
Industry £150 


Register for in-person


Online attendance

CTR members* Free   
Any non-members £25


Register for online


Key Dates

Abstract submission 6 May
In-person registration  10 June   
Virtual registration 1 July 


* Please note that this includes honorary members and group members of CTR group leaders.


Provisional programme

Monday July 1 

2:30 - 4:30 Scientific Session 1

4:30-5:00 Break

5:00-6:30 Scientific Session 2

6:30-7:30 Drinks and poster session

7:30 Conference Dinner


Tuesday, July 2 

9:30-10:30 Scientific Session 3

10:30-11:10 Break

11:10-12:30 Scientific Session 4

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:20 Scientific Session 5

2:20-3:30 Panel discussion and closing remarks