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Centre for Trophoblast Research


Spring Half Day Seminar

The Spring Half Day Seminars are held annually, and are organised by the CTR NGFs, covering the excellent research carried out across the CTR. 

The seminars are set up for CTR Members only. Details and registration information will be shared over email. 


2024 Half Day Away - details will be released to members in January 2024. 


2023 Half Day Away:

24th May 2023, 2pm – 5:30pm

The Postdoc Centre at Eddington, 105 Eddington Pl, Cambridge CB3 1AS

Organising CommitteeClaire Senner, Priscilla Day-Walsh, Giulia Avellino, Andreea Cristian 


Travel and Accessibility

Eddington Accessibility & Travel Information | Postdoc Academy (


Madingley Road Park & Ride, Lansdowne Rd, off Madingley Road, CB3 0EZ. Free parking for drivers up to 18 hours. 5 min. walk from Eddington.

Limited parking on site. Parking charges apply 8am-6pm Monday to Friday. The majority of spaces have a maximum stay of 2 hours and no return within 1 hour. There is disabled parking on site for Blue Badge holders. (Eddington access and parking information:


Draft Programme: 

A downloadable PDF of our draft programme is available here


2:00 – 2:10 Welcome and housekeeping


Kathy Niakan: Welcome and housekeeping


2:10 – 3:30 Session 1: Chaired by Claire Senner and Giulia Avellino

2:10 Opening keynote - Mathew Van de Pette: Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology (DART)- a realistic concern or a storm in a teacup?


Clara Munger:  Investigating embryonic disc and amnion formation by microgel culture and spatial mapping


Cherlyn Tan: Non-CpG Methylation in the Placenta



Antonio Galvao: Impaired decidualisation in obese mice is associated with the upregulation of leptin signalling modulators Socs3 and Ptpn2


Emma Siragher: The placenta in adverse maternal environments; exploring how hypoxia and food restriction limit fetal growth


Laura Woods: Reintroducing CTR Bioinformatics



3:35 - 3:50 Tea & coffee break


3:50 – 4:50 Session 2: Chaired by Priscilla Day-Walsh and Andreea Cristian


Qian Li: Reciprocal interactions between KIR+ uterine NK cells and HLA-C+ extravillous trophoblast promote successful placentation


Jorge Lopez-Tello: Placental function and fetal brain development are controlled by maternal gut Bifidobacterium


Francesca Gaccioli: Placental Group B Streptococcus (GBS): an unrecognised cause of fetal morbidity?



Ulla Sovio: Maternal serum biomarkers and the risk of spontaneous preterm birth


4:50 - 5:00 Refreshment break


5:00 – 5:30 Closing Keynote


Ashley Moffett:  From First Trimester to Term


5:30 Pizza & drinks