‘The travel grant generously provided by The Biochemical Society enabled me to attend the Annual Human Placental Workshop to be held at the Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario Canada, 12th-17th July 2015. During this workshop I participated in a full schedule of lectures and laboratory activities in order to get the most out of the expert faculty members including: Professor John Aplin (Manchester), Dr. Tim Childs (Canada), Dr. Anne Croy (Canada) and Dr. Sadovsky (USA).
The course covered a range of theory and practical sessions such as, but not limited to: placental sampling and perfusion, placental pathologies and imaging, zymograms and invasion assays and first trimester explant cultures as models of trophoblast differentiation.
The week residential course provided advanced training into contemporary placental research aimed at researchers at all levels. It also allowed time to present my latest research during a designated poster session and promote networking throughout the week, with both fellow participants and expert facilitators. As a direct result of this workshop, several new collaborations have been initiated and work is already underway to collect new exciting data.
I would like to take this opportunity to, once again thank The Biochemical Society for their generous travel grant, without which I would not have been able to attend such an excellent and most useful workshop.’