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Placenta plays pivotal “umpire” role to influence pregnancy outcomes
New research provides the first clear evidence that the amount of nutrients transported to the foetus by the placenta adjusts according to both the foetal drive for growth, and the mother’s physical ability to provide.
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Placental origins of chronic diseases
Graham Burton, Abigail Fowden and Kent Thornburg from PDN and CTR featured in an article on Physiological Reviews
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Protein DLKI in blood of pregnant women may predict possible pregnancy complications and poor fetal growth
Mary Cleaton from CRT was featured in a paper published in Nature Genetics.
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Romina Plitman makes front cover of Placenta journal
CTR and PDN researchers featured on the cover with article about three-dimensional modeling of human placental terminal villi
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Placenta changes could mean male offspring of older mums more likely to develop heart problems in later life
Changes occur in the placenta in older pregnant mothers leading to a greater likelihood of poor health in their male offspring, a study in rats by CTR has shown
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Margherita Turco receives ERC starting grant award
The CTR researchers is among 8 Cambridge recipients of European Union awards given to early-career researchers from over 50 countries
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Womb lining grown in lab could reveal secrets of menstrual cycle and early pregnancy
CTR was able to grow miniature functional models of the lining of the uterus, reports study published in Nature Cell Biology
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‘Mini-placentas’ could provide a model for early pregnancy
PDN researchers say that new ‘mini-placentas’ – a cellular model of the early stages of the placenta – could provide a window into early pregnancy and help transform our understanding of reproductive disorders. Details of this new research are published today in the journal Nature.
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