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Centre for Trophoblast Research


CTR Seminar Series

2021 Zoom Talks

Wednesday 24th February at 16.00h

Placental kisspeptin: a novel role in the pregnant pancreatic islet

Dr James Bowe, Senior Lecturer in Physiology, Department of Diabetes, Kings College

Host: Bill Colledge


Wednesday 17th March at 16.00h

A new mechanism of fetomaternal tolerance

Prof. Adrian Erlebacher, Department of Laboratory Medicine, UCSF

Host: Francesco Colucci


Wednesday 19th May at 16.00h

Novel roles for phospholipids in placental function and fetal growth

Prof. Theresa Powell, Department of Paediatrics, Neonatology, University of Colorado

Host: Kathy Niakan


Wednesday 23rd June at 16.00h

Placenta Growth Factor: Diagnostic and Management Implications in High-Risk Obstetrics

Dr John Kingdom, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto

Host: Gordon Smith


Wednesday 22nd September at 16.00h

New Insights into Placental Small Extracellular Vesicles in Maternal-Fetal Communication

Prof. Yoel Sadovsky, Executive Director, Magee Womens Research Institute; Distinguished Professor, OBGYN University of Pittsburgh

Host: Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri


Wednesday 20th October at 16.00h

Signaling between fetus and mother in the timing of birth

Prof. Carole Mendelson, University of Texas; Director, North Texas March of Dimes Birth Defects Center

Host: Courtney Hanna


Wednesday 17th November at 09.30h

Decidual natural killer cells and their roles in promoting pregnancy

Prof. Binqing Fu, University of Science and Technology of China

Host: Francesco Colucci


Wednesday 15th December at 16.00h

Uterus transplantation

Prof. Paige Porrett, Vera Hauptfeld-Dolejsek Endowed Professor in Transplant Immunology,

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Host: Francesco Colucci


2022 Talks

Wednesday 23rd February at 9:30h (Zoom)

A study on the primate embryonic and extraembryonic development 

Prof. Hongmei Wang

State Key Laboratory of Stem Cell and Reproductive Biology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Host: Kathy Niakan


Thursday 15th September at 16:00h (Hybrid)

Our hunt to find new treatments for preeclampsia: an update, and lessons learnt

Prof Stephen Tong

Obstetrics and Gynaecology Royal Women's Hospital/Mercy, University of Melbourne

Host: Gordon Smith



Please contact if you would like to organise a 30min meeting with the speakers after the seminar