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How does the Journal Club work?

At each meeting, one person spends approximately 20 minutes presenting their favourite (or least favourite) journal article that they deem important to the field within the realm of the journal club theme. The presenter should provide sufficient background information so that people, who are not experts, can understand what is being discussed and must explain how the article contributes to our understanding of placental or trophoblast biology. Attendees will then collectively discuss and critique the chosen paper. The meetings are fairly informal to encourage discussion.

One week prior to each journal club meeting, the selected article will be emailed out to those on the journal club mailing list and to all members of the CTR so that everyone will have a chance to read it before the meeting. Presenters should try to choose articles that are not directly related to their own research and are from high impact journals when possible.

For the full benefit of everyone involved, we strongly encourage presenters to attend the meetings on a regular basis.


Who can join?

CTR Journal Club membership is open to anyone who has an affinity for placental development and function, including:

  • Undergraduates
  • Graduate students
  • Postdocs
  • Technicians
  • Clinicians
  • Principal Investigators

You do not need to be a member of the CTR to attend or to present. If you would like to be involved or be included in our emailing list, please contact Erica Watson for more information. We are always looking for new people to join us.