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CTR Journal Club

Journal club sessions occur every second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 4:00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend!


The goal of the CTR Journal Club is to discuss cutting edge research articles focusing on the cellular and molecular biology of placental development and function, not only in humans but also in model organisms and cell culture systems. This includes the following topics: epigenetic regulation, lineage specification, implantation, trophoblast differentiation, placental structure and function, and maternal-fetal interactions during pregnancy.

The journal club provides CTR members and other researchers alike with a friendly environment to familiarize themselves with the current literature, to critique experimental design and to have informal discussions about the "Big Picture" regarding the biology of the trophoblast lineage, the placenta and pregnancy.

Everyone is welcome to attend the CTR journal club! You do not need to be a CTR member.


Next meeting 

The CTR journal club is finished for the 2017/18 academic year. Thank you to everyone who participated! The journal club will resume in October 2018.



If you have any questions or you would like to attend or present at the CTR journal club, please contact Erica Watson.


How does the Journal Club work and who can join in the discussion?


2017-2018 Schedule


DatePresenterArticle Presented/To Be PresentedLocation*
25 Oct 2017 Lorenzo Orietti Yang et al, 2017. Establishment of mouse expanded potential stem cells. Nature (in press, doi:10.1038/nature24052) HH
8 Nov 2017 No meeting  
22 Nov 2017 Nadia Capatina

Germanio et al, 2016. Conditioned medium derived from rat amniotic epithelial cells confers protection against inflammation, cancer, and senescence. Oncotarget 7:39051-64.




 Christmas break

17 Jan 2018 Tina Napso McIlvride et al, 2017. A progesterone-brown fat axis is involved in regulating fetal growth. Scientific Reports 7: 10671. HH
31 Jan 2018 Katerina Menelaou Liang et al, 2018. The high concentration of progesterone is harmful for endometrial receptivity and decidualization. Scientific Reports 8: 712. HH
14 Feb 2018 Wendi Bacon Okae et al, 2018. Derivation of human trophoblast stem cells. Cell Stem Cell 22(1): 50-63 Add
28 Feb 2018 CANCELLED No meeting
14 Mar 2018 Simon Tunster Inoue et al, 2017. The rodent-specific microRNA cluster within the Sfmbt2 gene is imprinted and essential for placenta development. Cell Reports 19(5): 949-56. HH

Easter Break

25 Apr 2018 Iva Filipovic Fu et al, 2017.  Natural killer cells promote fetal development through the secretion of growth-promoting factors. Immunity 47(6): 1100-1113.e6 Add
9 May 2018 Hannah Yong Stuart et al, 2018. Diet-induced obesity alters the maternal metabolome and early placental transcriptome and decreases placenta vascularity in the mouse. Biology of Reproduction doi:10.1093/biolre/ioy010 [in press] HH

* Meeting venues: HH = Hodgkin-Huxley Seminar Room, Physiology Building (Downing Site); Add = Seminar room, Postdoc Centre, Biomedical Campus, Addenbrookes.


List of articles presented at previous CTR journal club meetings

2016-2017 2014-2015 2012-2013 2010-2011
2015-2016 2013-2014 2011-2012