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How does the Journal Club work?

For Attendees

One week prior to each journal club meeting, a link to the selected article will be emailed out to those on the journal club mailing list and to all members of the CTR. This will ensure that everyone will have a chance to read the article before the meeting. If you have trouble accessing a PDF of the article, please contact .

At each meeting, the presenter spends approximately 20-25 minutes explaining the premise of the chosen article and why (or why not) they deem it to be important to the field. Attendees will then collectively discuss and critique the chosen paper. The meetings are fairly informal to encourage discussion throughout the presentation. Meetings take place at 4pm according to the schedule and usually run for about an hour.

You do not need to be a member of the CTR to attend or present at the journal club.


For Presenters

Two weeks before your presentation date, the organizers will email you to request the article title that you wish to present. Please respond within a week's time so that your talk can be properly advertised.

An organizer will meet you at the designated location about 10 minutes before your presentation to help you set up. A computer and projector will be available. Presentations are usually prepared using Powerpoint slides so that figures from the articles can be displayed for the audience.

Prior to discussing the article details, you should provide sufficient background information so that those who are not experts can understand what is being discussed. How the article contributes to our understanding of placental or trophoblast biology and pregnancy at large should also be discussed. Your presentation should be between 20-25 minutes in length. Please expect that audience members will ask questions throughout your presentation, which is why the meetings will often last between 45 min to 1 hour.

Presenters should try to choose an article that is not directly related to their own research and that comes from a high impact journal (e.g., Nature, Science, PNAS, eLife, Development, etc.). The selection of an article that is not obviously connected to the trophoblast field but has implications for the research of CTR members is also encouraged. For a list of previously presented articles, click here.

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

If you have any questions, please contact Claire Senner ().