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Season 2, Episode 5 - Pregnancy, the placenta, and its complications

Updated: Aug 4, 2022

All the important links, repro news and guest bios from this month's episode

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Professor Natalie Hannan

Professor Natalie Hannan is a NHMRC CDF Principle Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, where she leads the Therapeutics Discovery and Vascular Group (laboratories based at both the Mercy Hospital for Women and at the Northern Health Research Precinct) and holds an honorary position at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Mercy Hospital for Women and the Northern Hospital Epping. Prof Hannan has a dedicated focus on reproduction, understanding serious pregnancy complications and women’s health.

Early Career Researcher Spotlight

Assistant Professor Rachel West

Dr. West received her B.S. and M.S. in Animal and Dairy Science from the University of Georgia (UGA) where she worked to derive and characterize avian induced pluripotent stem cells and primordial germ cells. After completing her M.S. degree, she moved to Colorado State University (CSU) to pursue a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences. Her work at CSU focused on early pregnancy and how the molecular pathways that cause cancer in adult tissues are critical for healthy placental development. Rachel continued her training in reproductive physiology with a postdoctoral position at the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine where she studied the peri-implantation stage placenta and the mechanisms contributing to recurrent implantation failure.


Repro News

Fun Fact

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Upcoming conferences and abstract deadlines

IFPA-ANZPRA Satellite Meeting

17th - 18th November 2022, Hammer Springs, NZ

Abstracts due 26th August 2022


13th - 16th November 2022, Te Pae, Christchurch, NZ

Abstracts due 19th August 2022

AI Fertility Conference

15th - 18th September 2022, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Registration open

Upcoming training

ESHRE Hybrid Campus Events

Range of courses available in person and virtually

Upcoming course on 'Endometriosis: what nurses and midwives should know for their daily practice' held on 15th - 17th September 2022, Paris, France

Epididymis VIII International Workshop

5th - 7th September 2022, Giessen, Germany

Upcoming awards and grants

SOMANZ Research Grant

Offered every second year by the SOMANZ Society

Application due date TBC

ASA Awards - Distinguished Andrologist Award

Nominations due in late August - early September

ASA Awards - Matthew P. Hardy Young Andrologist Award

Nominations due in late August - early September

Paper of the month


Can't get enough?

Check out a recent paper from Nat's lab on new approaches to treating preeclampsia.

Brush up on your placenta knowledge with this recent comprehensive review on placental biology, which also touches on in vitro placenta organoids!


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