A new study published in the Journal of Physiology by Susanne Lager and colleagues shows that lesions and accumulation of specific immune cells in the placental tissue are more common in fetal growth restriction and pre‐eclampsia than in uncomplicated pregnancies. Read the full paper now.
A study by Ulla Sovio, Gordon Smith and colleagues, published in Nature Medicine, has identified metabolites predictive of fetal growth restriction (FGR) at term. FGR means that the fetus fails to grow according to its growth potential. The condition is a major cause of stillbirth, neonatal morbidity and mortality and is also associated with developmental […]
Unfortunately due to precautions around the Coronavirus, a number of events for the Science Festival have been cancelled including the O&G session. See the Festival website for the updated programme and what sessions will continue. The Department hopes to run its event at a later time.
Metabolomic prediction of pregnancy-related disorders Speaker: Nancy McBride, Doctor of Philosophy Student, University of Bristol Time: Thursday 5th of March 2020, 16:00-17:00 Location: The Rosie Hospital, Seminar Room 2A, Cambridge CB2 0SW http://www.media-studio.co.uk/roomdirections The talk will include an overview of Nancy’s previous work using NMR metabolomics to predict pregnancy outcomes. The use of mass spectrometry-based […]
A new study published in Nature Communications by Francesco Colucci’s group (Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology) in collaboration with Andrew Sharkey’s laboratory (Department of Pathology) identified subsets of human decidual innate lymphoid cells (ILCs), with features distinct from blood ILC. The lining of the pregnant uterus, called the decidua, is an interface between maternal and […]
Recruitment for our new study will start at the Rosie Hospital (Cambridge, UK) 13th January 2020. The main aim of the study is to identify women at high risk of pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction (FGR).
Congratulations to Giulia Avellino who has been selected for the SRI President’s Plenary Award for her abstract titled “Placental Central Carbon Metabolism Links Polyamines to Histone Acetylation” G Avellino, DS Charnock-Jones, GC Smith, I Aye. The award will be presented at the 67th Annual Scientific Meeting held in Vancouver, BC, Canada, 10-14 March 2020. The […]
Congratulations to our ‘unsung hero’ Sheree on winning an award at the Professional Services Recognition Scheme ceremony held yesterday. Well deserved!
In this Perspective published in Science, Francesco Colucci outlines the complex interactions between maternal immune cells and fetal trophoblast and the impact on pregnancy complications. Colucci F (2019). The immunological code of pregnancy. Science 365(6456): 862-863
A study by Susanne Lager (Obstetrics and Gynaecology) and Marcus de Goffau (Veterinary Medicine and Wellcome Sanger Institute), led by Steve Charnock-Jones and Gordon Smith (both Obstetrics and Gynaecology), showed, conversely to other studies, that the placenta does not have a microbiome. The placenta is the critical interface between the mother and the growing foetus, transporting […]