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10 years of CTR: top 10 achievements
This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Centre for Trophoblast Research; here are some of its most important achievements.
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From conception to birth: celebrating a decade of the Centre for Trophoblast Research
The Centre for Trophoblast Research, ten years old today, is helping transform our understanding of the earliest stages of our lives — and in particular, the role of the placenta and interactions between the mother and her unborn child.
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Joanna Rakoczy awarded international prize for best abstract
Dr Rakoczy, member of the CTR, has been chosen to receive a special International Award for Best Abstract by the Society for Study of Reproduction
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PDN members awarded prizes at IFPA 2017
Nadejda Capatina, Hannah Yong and Joanna Rakoczy received prizes at the International Federation of Placenta Associations meeting in Manchester
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CTR study on mini placentas makes Guardian 2018 science stories list
The miniature placenta study by Margherita Turco and her CTR colleagues has been featured in a list of science stories that shook 2018 by The Guardian
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Placentas adapt to help keep babies healthy when mothers have poor diets or low oxygen during pregnancy
CTR researchers have discovered the placenta regulates how much oxygen and nutrients it transports to babies during challenging pregnancies in a study using mice to model conditions in the womb
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Common technique used in IVF impacts placenta growth and function
New mouse study by the Watson group published in Reproduction shows that a common technique required for in vitro fertilization changes how genes are expressed in the placenta and alters fetal and placental growth with potential implications on life-long health.
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Genome editing reveals role of gene important for human embryo development
CTR researchers have revealed the role of the OCT4 gene in human embryos in the first few days of development. This is the first time that genome editing has been used to study gene function in human embryos.
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Breath of life: how your risk of heart disease may stem back to your time in the womb
The environment in the womb as we first begin to grow may also determine our future: researchers from PDN, CTR and Barcroft center featured on the latest issue of Research Horizons.
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Exercise in pregnancy improves health of obese mothers by restoring their tissues
Exercise immediately prior to and during pregnancy restores key tissues in the body, making them better able to manage blood sugar levels and lowering the risk of long term health problems, suggests new research carried out in mice by CTR
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