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Feb 15: IFPA 2018 Tokyo – abstract deadline is April 2, 2018

Submit your abstract through the Tokyo IFPA 2018 website

Feb 15: Nominations for 2018 IFPA Awards (deadline April 15)

In order to foster, promote and reward research excellence in placentology, IFPA, with the generous contributions of various donors and organisations, sponsors a number of Awards. These range from those acknowledging the work of young investigators in the field right through to acknowledgement of the major contribution by senior investigators. All awards will be presented at the forthcoming 2018 IFPA meeting to be held in Tokyo, Japan.

The Gábor Than Foundation Award in Placentology: This award acknowledges outstanding contributions of early career researchers to the field of placentology in all its aspects, including the relationship with fetus and mother. Nominees should be within 10 years of receiving their doctoral or senior degree and be nominated by established senior scientists. The awardee will be invited to give a lecture during a plenary session of the 2018 IFPA meeting and must be present to receive the award.

The IFPA Senior Award In Placentology: This award acknowledges outstanding, long-term contributions to the field of placentology. It is intended to recognize the work of established senior scientists who have led placental research groups for more than 20 years. Awardees may also be able to demonstrate a commitment to teaching of reproduction/placenta, to the development of younger placental researchers and/or the communication of placental research to the public. Candidates should be proposed by at least three individuals. The awardee will be invited to give a lecture during a plenary session of the 2018 IFPA meeting and must be present to receive the award.

Andrée Gruslin Award: The Andrée Gruslin Award is named in honor of Dr. Andrée Gruslin, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and researcher who, while battling breast cancer, continued not only her obstetrical service but also drove a well-known research program until her death in 2014. She spent her life researching placental health as a way of reducing risk from conditions such as preeclampsia and intrauterine growth restriction. This prize will be offered every year to an outstanding female mid-career investigator in the field of placental or placental-related biology. In the absence of suitable candidates the award will not be given. The candidates can be nominated by others or can self-nominate. As a guide, candidates should be at the assistant/ associate professor level. The award comprises a prize of $2500 (donated by Elsevier) and an invitation to contribute an article to the annual issue of Trophoblast Research containing the invited reviews commissioned from the IFPA meeting that year. The article will be subject to normal peer review procedures. At the option of the IFPA meeting organizer, the award winner may be asked to present a lecture at the meeting that year.

Nominations for all these awards should be emailed by April 15, 2018 to Dr. Padma Murthi, E-mail: Terms of reference for all awards can be found here

Jan 11, 2018: Nominations for Asia/Pacific Editor of PLACENTA

PLACENTA, published by Elsevier, is the official journal of the International Federation of Placenta Associations (IFPA). The journal publishes articles covering all aspects of the human and animal placenta including development, histology, physiology, metabolism, endocrinology, microbiology, pathology, immunology, pharmacology, cell biology, biochemistry and molecular mechanisms underlying placental function. The total number of manuscripts submitted in 2016 was 527 and 200 manuscripts were accepted for publication.

The current editor for Asia/Pacific, Dr Vicki Clifton has indicated her desire to step down at the end of 2018. Therefore the publishers and IFPA are seeking to appoint a new Asia/Pacific editor for Placenta, to begin in January 2019. This individual will work alongside the current Editor for the Americas Dr Yoel Sadovsky and the Editor European region Dr Martin Knofler. The Asia/Pacific Editor received approximately 30% of the submissions (175 manuscripts) in 2016.

We are therefore seeking nominations for this editorial position. Desirable qualifications include a track record of accomplishment and peer recognition in the field of placental research coupled with a broad knowledge of science and its latest developments and a desire to increase the worldwide profile of placental research and Placenta in particular.  Editorial duties will be performed online with the assistance of the web-based Elsevier Editorial System. The Editors report to the Placenta Editorial Board, the publishers Elsevier and the IFPA Executive Committee. The traditional period of appointment has been 7 years.

Please send nominations and a letter of recommendation, which will be held in confidence, to Dr L Myatt at The committee will then contact the nominees to ask for a CV and vision statement. The deadline for submission of nominations is March 31st 2018

Jan 10, 2018: Research Assistant Postgraduate position
The Cellular and Molecular Physiology Laboratory at the Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile is seeking applicants for a Research Assistant Postgraduate position. The initial appointment will be for a period of 12 months with the possibility of extending for another 12 months. It is also possible that in October 2018 she/he may be able to apply for a Ph.D. studentship (Medical Sciences or Biological Sciences – Physiology) to continue for a further four (4) years. Applicants must hold a first degree in medicine, biological sciences or related areas with desired experience in selected fields. Applicants will be interviewed by video conference and the position is expected to start March 1, 2018. For more information, click here.

Jan 9, 2018: IFPA2018 
IFPA 2018 Tokyo website now available. April 2 abstract deadline. For information click here.

Dec 15, 2017: Postdoctoral Position, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Applications are invited from outstanding, driven individuals for a post-doctoral position at the Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center focused on developmental programming of obesity. The position is within the Metabolic Programming Lab at the ACNC and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Ongoing projects are aimed at understanding the role of placental mechanisms in long-term consequences to maternal obesity using both clinical samples and animal models. For more information, click here.

Nov 21, 2017: Purdue University Faculty Position
A tenure-track faculty position (assistant professor) in placental biology with emphasis in research (primary) and teaching (secondary) is available at Purdue University. The successful candidate will develop a nationally recognized research program in the area of placental biology that addresses biological questions that pertain to agriculture, basic biology, and/or human health using mammalian systems. For more information, click here.

Nov 7, 2017: University of Ottowa Postdoctoral Position
A Postdoctoral position is available for a Molecular Biologist or Biochemist with research experience related to maternal-fetal health A postdoctoral position is currently available in the laboratory of Dr. Shannon Bainbridge, within the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences and the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada). For more information, click here.

Sep 6, 2017: “Go Red” Multi-Disciplinary Research Fellowship in Women’s Cardiovascular Health
Our fellowship examines the impact of pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes on women’s subsequent risk and responsible mechanisms for hypertension, cardiometabolic disorders and heart disease with clinical, basic and population strategies. The role of the placenta in these mechanisms is a topic of intense interest. The training duration is 2 years, with training opportunities for MDs and PhD-trained basic scientists and epidemiologists. For more information, please click here

Sep 2, 2017: IFPA 2020 meeting
The IFPA scientific meeting in 2020 will take place in Amsterdam, Netherlands from September 2-5. For more information click here or contact the organizer, Dr. Marie van Dijk

Aug 7, 2017: Pre- and Postdoc positions aMichigan State University
Research into animal and human reproductive biology has widespread implications for human health. The Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Training Program ( or ( at Michigan State University trains young scientists to pursue research in Programmatic High Priority Topic Areas identified by the NICHD/Fertility and Infertility Branch and the Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch. The training program is also supported by a T32 award from NICHD and provides training opportunities for both eligible Doctoral candidates and Postdoctoral trainees.

Aug 7, 2017: Postdoc position at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich
Dear Colleagues, in a placenta research project granted by the German Research Council (DFG), there is a career opportunity at LMU Munich for a PostDoc Position (65%) in High-End Quantitative Light Microscopy in fixed term for three years. For the official link to the webpage of LMU Munich with the job opening, please click here.
Aug 7, 2017: Quantitative 3D Microscopy course
The 2nd course on “Quantitative 3D Microscopic Analysis of Isolated Human Peripheral Placental Villous Trees: Theory and Practice” will take place in the historical building of the Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich from February the 16th until February the 17th 2018. Please click here for more details. 
July 14, 2017: Manchester IFPA 2017 – Late breaking abstracts/hot topics
We know that data comes thick and fast in our field and so the Local Organising Committee are pleased to announce an opportunity to submit your latest  research findings for presentation at the meeting. Please visit  for more details. The deadline for submissions is 17:00 on Friday 21 July
July 14  2017: Manchester IFPA 2017 – Image Competition – Research Image Awards
Pictures tell a thousand words. What would your research picture say? The IFPA Local Organising Committee are pleased to announce a new event for IFPA 2017 – an opportunity for placentas to win prizes through playing a starring role in our picture competition! You have just one more week to send us your entries for the image competition, so please visit for full details on how to submit your entry. The deadlines for entries is 17:00 (GMT) on Friday 21 July.
Jun 20, 2017: Research Associate post at the University of Manchester
The University of Manchester, invites applications from outstanding candidates with a proven track research record in the area of uteroplacental drug delivery for a position of Research Associate.For more information, click here.


May 5 2017: Program available for the 4th Human Placenta Project meeting

The Human Placenta Project will have its 4th meeting on July 24-25, 2017 at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. It is open to all and there is no registration cost. If you wish to attend, the organizers ask that you register so that they will have an idea of the numbers attending. The program and the registration are available at this site.

Apr 26, 2017: Buenos Aires, Argentina will be the site of the 2019 IFPA meeting
The IFPA 2019 meeting will be taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina in September of that year. Watch this space for more meeting details – to come soon!
Apr 26, 2017: Postdoc and Research Asst/Assoc positions at Wayne State and Michigan State Universities, Michigan, USA
Multiple positions are available in the laboratories of Dr Sascha Drewlo and Dr Randy Armant at the Center of Advanced Trophoblast Biology. We are located in Detroit and Grand Rapids, at the universities of Wayne State and Michigan State (Michigan, USA). Positions are available at both locations. Embedded in an international network, our research is focused on basic and translational biology of the human a placenta to explain the underlying mechanisms of placental disorders such as IUGR, preeclampsia and preterm birth. Furthermore, we work on paradigm shifting translational approaches for the early detection of disease as well as novel intervention strategies. For more information, click here
Mar 31, 2017: Postdoc positions at Harvard University, Cambridge. MA
Postdoctoral fellowships are available in in the laboratories of Drs. Jack Strominger and Tamara Tilburgs  at Harvard University in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Cambridge, MA. The central theme of our lab is to investigate how maternal immune cells at the maternal-fetal interface establish tolerance to fetal antigens while at the same time maintaining immunity to viral and bacterial infections. The primary aim of the postdoctoral fellow is to contribute to an active and innovative research program focused on role of regulatory T cells and HLA-G+ extravillous trophoblasts in the development of spontaneous preterm birth. For more information, click here
Mar 13, 2017: Postdoc position at the MetroHealth Medical Center, Case Western University
A postdoctoral position is open in a translational laboratory that studies the effect of maternal metabolism on placental nutrient handling and fetal growth. The candidate’s primary focus will be a project related to the role of placental microRNA in maternal metabolic changes during pregnancy and fetal growth. The successful candidate must have technical expertise in molecular biology and cell culture. A background in reproductive biology is desirable. A PhD or MD/PhD in the life sciences is required. For more information, click here

Feb 21, 2017: IFPA Award nominations requested

IFPA is requesting for nominations for our 2017 scientific awards. We are asking for nominations for the IFPA Award in Placentology, the IFPA Senior Award and the Andrée Gruslin Award.  For more information, click here
Feb 18, 2017: New NIH request for applications for placental research projects
The US National Institutes of Health has released a funding announcement for multidisciplinary research projects that use a combination of animal/cell models and non-invasive human placenta tissues or biomarkers to investigate how early life exposures affect placental growth, development, and function, and the subsequent health of the offspring  For more information, click here
Feb 13, 2017: Postdoc position at the University of Kansas Medical Center
An NIH-funded postdoctoral position is available to study molecular mechanisms and signaling events controlling trophoblast stem cell development and differentiation and organization of the hemochorial placenta. Applicants should have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree and experience in molecular biology, rodent embryo handling and manipulation techniques, or human trophoblast and placentation, and a strong work ethic and commitment to become an independent scientist. For more information, click here

Feb 3, 2017: New Principal Investigator position at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute in Toronto, Canada

The Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute is recruiting an outstanding investigator in the area of Women’s and Infants’ Health. This research area broadly covers the areas of fertility/infertility, pregnancy (including early embryo development, placentation, fetal development, mechanisms of parturition and pregnancy complications), as well as the developmental origins of health and disease. For more information, click here

Jan 19, 2017: Placental training course

The Centre for Trophoblast Research at the University of Cambridge is presenting the 2nd CTR Placental Biology Course, running July 2 – 7, 2017. It will be held at Cambridge University, Cambridge UK. For more information, click here

Jan 19, 2017: New dates for IFPA2018 in Tokyo

The IFPA meeting in Tokyo has new dates, now September 21 – 24, 2018

Jan 6, 2017: New program information now available for

PAA Satellite meeting, Orlando, FL, USA, Mar 15, 2017                 Program information
SLIMP 2017 meeting, Puerto Varas, Chile, April 11 – 13, 2017      Program information
IFPA 2017 meeting, Manchester, U.K., Aug 30 – Sep 2, 2017        Program information

Jan 6, 2017: Take our survey

As part of our goal to improve the quality of the IFPA meetings, we have set up a survey to get your opinion on various aspects of the meetings. Answering the survey will take only 5 minutes but it will help us greatly with the design of future meetings. Please take the survey by clicking here.

Dec 16, 2016: New grants available from the Human Placenta Project

The NIH Human Placenta Project has just released new Requests For Applications for grants to assess human placental structure and function in real time, using technologies currently not supported. For more details see

Dec 5, 2016: New job posted

University of Washington – postdoctoral research associate position

Nov 23, 2016: Abstract submission open for IFPA 2017 in Manchester, UK

Abstract submission is open for IFPA 2017. The abstract deadline is Apr 28th, 2017. To submit an abstract, click here.

Nov 23, 2016: Abstract submission open for SLIMP2017

Abstract submission is open for SLIMP2017. Deadlines are Dec 7th, 2016 for abstracts to be published in PLACENTA and Mar 6th, 2017 for abstracts not published in PLACENTA. To submit an abstract, click here.

Nov 23, 2016: Take our survey

As part of our goal to improve the quality of the IFPA meetings, we have set up a survey to get your opinion on various aspects of the meetings. Answering the survey will take only 5 minutes but it will help us greatly with the design of future meetings. Please take the survey by clicking here.

Nov 2, 2016: New job posted

Michigan State University – postdoctoral position

Oct 26, 2016: Placental training course announced
Quantitative 3D Microscopic Analysis of Human Placentas
January 20-21, 2017 – Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology,
Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany
For more information, click here

Oct 21, 2016: Subscription to PLACENTA

We have negotiated a new publications contract with Elsevier, publisher of the journal PLACENTA. As an IFPA member, if you wish to have an online subscription to PLACENTA, the charge will be US$40 for regular members and US$20 for new investigators. To obtain your subscription, contact Elsevier Journals Customer Service Department at, making sure to identify yourself as a member of IFPA

Oct 17, 2016: New jobs posted

University of Wisconsin Madison – faculty position

Stanford University – postdoctoral position

Aug 31, 2016: Award Winners

The winner of the 2016 Gabor Than Award in Placentology is Dr. Sasha Drewlo from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, USA. For more information on Dr. Drewlo’s research click here.

The winner of the 2016 IFPA Senior Award in Placentology is Dr. Richard K. Miller from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA. For more information on Dr. Miller’s research click here.

Aug 30, 2016: Take our survey

As part of our goal to improve the quality of the IFPA meetings, we have set up a survey to get your opinion on various aspects of the meetings. Answering the survey will take only 5 minutes but it will help us greatly with the design of future meetings. Please take the survey by clicking here.

Aug 29, 2016: Welcome to the new IFPA website

This site is still under development. We intend to add a variety of features to the site. These include

  • Regularly up-dated news of meetings and courses of interest to placentologists
  • Current open positions for all levels of research and training
  • The possibility of searching for IFPA members via their research interests
  • A repository for validated placenta-related techniques and methodologies
  • Award records and meeting photogallery


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