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Cell corners essential for correct development of cell shapes

Cell corners essential for correct development of cell shapes

New study by the Sanson group published in PLoS Biology shows that cell corners are important for normal morphogenesis in epithelia

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Research in sheep suggests possible early test for fetal heart health

Research in sheep suggests possible early test for fetal heart health

New study led by Dino Giussani shows that changes in heart rate due to hypoxia in advaced pregnancies could be used to predict the future heart health of babies

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Placenta changes could mean male offspring of older mums more likely to develop heart problems in later life

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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Dr Paul Schofield awarded Alan Turing Fellowship

Dr Paul Schofield awarded Alan Turing Fellowship

Schofield's work in machine learning has been recognized by the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence

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PDN unveils new departmental logo

The new logo was chosen as the winner of an internal competition among its staff

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How synapse formation drives brain cancer growth

How synapse formation drives brain cancer growth

A study just published in Nature, by a team including Hugh Robinson of PDN, has shed new light on how glutamate receptor ion channels are involved in metastasis of cancer to the brain, showing that cancer cells which express growth-promoting glutamate receptors integrate themselves into neuronal synapses to obtain activating glutamate.

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Potential therapeutic target for early-onset preeclampsia

Potential therapeutic target for early-onset preeclampsia

Research by CTR in collaboration with Andrew Murray identified a protein response pathway during preeclampsia which could provide a new insight for potential therapeutic target of the disease

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Margherita Turco receives ERC starting grant award

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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Exercise in pregnancy improves health of obese mothers by restoring their tissues

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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Machine learning tool improves tracking of tiny moving particles

Machine learning tool improves tracking of tiny moving particles

A new automated tool developed by the Franze Lab and driven by machine learning technology may make it easier and faster for scientists to track the movement of tiny particles inside living cells

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Morphogenesis of extra-embryonic tissues directs the remodelling of the mouse embryo at implantation

Morphogenesis of extra-embryonic tissues directs the remodelling of the mouse embryo at implantation

New paper by the Zernicka-Goetz group shows that cross-talk between the embryonic epiblast and the extraembryonic trophectoderm orchestrates the transformation of the blastocyst to the egg cylinder

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Individual variation in genes alters our ability to regulate emotions

Individual variation in genes alters our ability to regulate emotions

A new study in marmoset monkeys by Dr Andrea M. Santangelo and Prof Angela Roberts, suggests that individual variation in genes alters our ability to regulate emotions, of relevance to our understanding of anxiety and depression, and provides insights for the development of new strategies in individualised therapies

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Scientists identify possible source of the ‘Uncanny Valley’ in the brain

Scientists identify possible source of the ‘Uncanny Valley’ in the brain

Scientists from Fabian Grabenhorst's group have identified mechanisms in the human brain that could help explain the phenomenon of the ‘Uncanny Valley’ – the unsettling feeling we get from robots and virtual agents that are too human-like. They have also shown that some people respond more adversely to human-like agents than others.

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How the placenta and the fetus engage in regulated communication during pregnancy

How the placenta and the fetus engage in regulated communication during pregnancy

Study by Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri's lab, published in eLIFE, shows how the placenta and the fetus engage in a two-way communication during pregnancy, suggesting that faulty signalling can cause growth restriction

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Elisa Galliano awarded teaching prize by CUSU

Elisa Galliano awarded teaching prize by CUSU

The Cambridge University Student Union has given Dr Galliano a prize for best Undergraduate Supervisor (science and tech category) as part of their student-led teaching awards

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Dr Cecilia Brassett awarded 2019 Pilkington Prize

Dr Cecilia Brassett awarded 2019 Pilkington Prize

PDN's Clinical Anatomist has been awarded a the Pilkington Prize in recognition of her outstanding contribution to excellent teaching and course development

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Amygdala neurons simulate decisions of social partners

Amygdala neurons simulate decisions of social partners

Fabian Grabenhorst and Wolfram Schultz have identified special types of brain cells that may allow us to simulate the decision-making processes of others, thereby reconstructing their state of mind and predicting their intentions. Dysfunction in these ‘simulation neurons’ may help explain difficulties with social interactions in conditions such as autism and social anxiety.

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Premature babies could benefit from changes to drugs administered to at-risk mothers

Premature babies could benefit from changes to drugs administered to at-risk mothers

Research by Dino Giussani's group have suggested that subtle changes to the drugs administered to mothers threatened with preterm birth or to premature babies could further improve clinical treatment and help increase their safety

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CTR members awarded prizes at SRI meeting

CTR members awarded prizes at SRI meeting

Several members of the Centre for Trophoblast research receive prizes during the 66th meeting of the Society for Reproductive Investigation in Paris

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Cambridge University ranked No 1 for study of anatomy and physiology

Cambridge University ranked No 1 for study of anatomy and physiology

According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency, Cambridge tops the worldwide chart for the subjects of anatomy and physiology, increasing its score from the previous year

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Noncanonical Modulation of the eIF2 Pathway Controls an Increase in Local Translation during Neural Wiring

Noncanonical Modulation of the eIF2 Pathway Controls an Increase in Local Translation during Neural Wiring

New research by Christine Holt’s laboratory reveals a cue-induced noncanonical mechanism of translation regulation in axons, which is required for the development of the visual pathway.

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Boosting glutamate reduces anxiety in monkeys

Boosting glutamate reduces anxiety in monkeys

New study led by Hannah Clarke, published in JNeurosci, show that increasing levels of the neurotransmitter glutamate in the hippocampus normalizes anxious monkey’s “fight or flight” response

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Heart disease risk begins in the womb, study in sheep suggests

Heart disease risk begins in the womb, study in sheep suggests

Offspring whose mothers had a complicated pregnancy may be at greater risk of heart disease in later life, according to a new study in sheep by Dino Giussani's lab

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Placentas adapt to help keep babies healthy when mothers have poor diets or low oxygen during pregnancy

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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Former PDN student awarded Anatomical Society Best Image prize

Former PDN student awarded Anatomical Society Best Image prize

Léa Wenger, a former part 2 student, has just been awarded the runner-up prize of the Anatomical Society Best Image competition

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Mechanics paves the way for nerve cells

Mechanics paves the way for nerve cells

By tracking real-time changes in physical properties of the embryonic brain, researchers from the Franze lab have shown that changes in brain stiffness tell growing nerve cells which way to turn

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Late endosomes serve as mRNA translation platforms and help to sustain mitochondrial health in axon

Late endosomes serve as mRNA translation platforms and help to sustain mitochondrial health in axon

New research by Christine Holt and colleagues published in Cell shows that late endosomes serve as mRNA translation platforms and help to sustain mitochondrial health in the axons of neurons

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