Complex cross-talk between the mother, placenta and fetus
|6 November 2018
|13:00 - 14:00
|What is it:
|Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
|Who is it for:
|University staff, Adults, Current University students
|Professor Claire Roberts
Academics, clinicians, and students working in the area of maternal and fetal health and related fields are invited to attend The Fox Lecture which is named in honour of Professor Harold Fox, one of the foremost histopathologists of his generation. Lunch will be provided.
Claire Roberts, Head of International Federation of Placenta Associations, will give a talk to explain how pregnancy is a dynamic and complex state to which the mother’s physiology makes substantial adaptations that enable her to provide all the needs of the growing fetus. The placenta is not merely a conduit but rather it orchestrates maternal adaptations to pregnancy and mediates transport of substrates for growth and elimination of wastes among other functions. A variety of clinical and lifestyle factors affect placental and hence fetal health. Even the fetus is not a passive bystander in its development but can signal its needs to the placenta and mother. The placenta secretes and sheds all sorts of factors into the maternal circulation that can be quantified and used to assess placental and fetal health non-invasively.
Professor Claire Roberts
Role: Lloyd Cox Professorial Research Fellow
Organisation: Robinson Research Institute and Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide, South Australia
Travel and Contact Information
Meeting Room 2
29 Grafton Street