What did your placenta ever do for you?

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 30 January

The Conversation Room

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • 3D microCT image of a placenta.

    Credit: Rosalind Pratt and Andrew Melbourne


Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

The placenta is essentially the lifeline for a growing baby, and arguably one of the most important organs in the human body. Without it, you wouldn’t be here.

Join Rosalind Aughwane and Andrew Melbourne as they talk about new concepts and therapies that are currently being introduced in the UK alongside state-of the art technology to explore the placenta in detail.

There may also be a real placenta shown during the event. 

About the speakers

Roz Aughwane is an award-winning placenta scientist with a PhD in placental imaging. She is part of the University College London Institute for Women’s Health and has published several academic papers on imaging the placenta in pregnancy using different techniques. When not studying placentas, she is an obstetric clinical trainee in the North London Deanery and is pursuing a career in fetal medicine.

Andrew Melbourne is a Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Technologies at King's College London. His team are implementing imaging studies for supporting novel fetal interventions; for measuring how the placenta is working in the womb; and for helping understand the links between early preterm birth and subsequent outcome. Andrew has spent the last few years working closely with engineers and clinicians on a Wellcome Trust funded project supporting and improving fetal surgery. He is also leading the new King's College London MSc programme in Healthcare Technologies based at St Thomas's Hospital.


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.


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