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Centre for Trophoblast Research


CTR Annual Meeting 2021

Placental-endometrial dialogue and pregnancy


Celebrating the achievements of CTR Director

Prof. Graham Burton


12th and 13th July 2021 - Online*

* possibility of a hybrid event should Covid-19 restrictions allow at the time



We are really excited to announce the programme for the upcoming CTR annual meeting.

Registrations are now open. You can find price information and a link on the registrations page.


CTR Annual Meeting Programme

Day 1: Monday 12th July

13.50 Welcome and introduction by Wolf Reik, Babraham Institute


Session 1:  Early placental development
Chair: Steve Charnock-Jones, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology


Margherita Turco, Department of Pathology

Models to study early placental development



Miguel Branco, Blizard Institute

Species-specific regulation of placental gene expression by transposable elements



Janet Rossant, University of Toronto

Making the trophectoderm lineage- key events leading up to implantation


15.30-16.00 Coffee break


Session 2: Immunology and evolution
Chair: Francesco Colucci, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology


Ashley Moffett, Department of Pathology

The immune system and the first few weeks



Naomi McGovern, Department of Pathology

Placental macrophage ontogeny and function



Paul Norman, University of Colorado Denver

Population-specific NK cell receptors and human-specific preeclampsia risk


Day 2: Tuesday 13th July


Session 3: Endometrium and decidua
Chair: Kathy Niakan, CTR


Hilary Critchley, University of Edinburgh

The normal cycling endometrium



Roser Vento, Wellcome Sanger Institute

Single cell technology at the placental-uterine interface


11.00-11.30 Coffee Break


Session 4:  Placental development and pregnancy outcomes
Chair: Miguel Constancia, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology


Romina Plitman, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Imaging and Modelling the Human Placenta



Gordon Smith, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Identifying novel biomarkers for human placental dysfunction



Eric Jauniaux, UCL

Oxygen modulates placental development like sound modulates fetal brain development


13.00-14.00 Lunch break


Session 5: Environment and placenta
Chair: Tereza Cindrova-Davies, CTR



Billy Yung, CTR

Placental unfolded protein response and pregnancy complications



Erica Watson, CTR

Trans-generational effect



Mike Nelson, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

Trophoblast Injury and Repair, or Disrepair, in Human Placental Villi


15.30-16.00 Coffee break


Session 6: Placental biology
Chair: Theresa Powell, University of Colorado


Diana Bianchi, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Circulating nucleic acids as key markers of feto-maternal-placental health



Myriam Hemberger, University of Calgary

Early placental development in mice and humans



Kent Thornburg, The Moore Institute, Oregon Health Sciences University

The placenta is the culprit


Session 7: Celebratory closing session
Chair: Kathy Niakan



Graham Burton, CTR

Trophoblast-endometrial interactions


18.00 Closing remarks by Charlie Loke