Invited Speakers

IFPA Award Lecture
Derek Wildman

Derek Wildman

Professor, Molecular And Integrative Physiology Research
Theme Leader, Computational Genomic Medicine
School of Molecular and Cell Biology

University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA

Editor-In-Chief Molecular Phylogenetics And Evolution





Elsevier Trophoblast Award Lecture

Impact of placental growth factor and preeclampsia on brain development, cognition, and behaviour.

Matthew T Rätsep

MT Rätsep photo

Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Matthew T. Rätsep is a Ph.D. candidate in the Pharmacology & Toxicology graduate program at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. His current research is focused on placental growth factor (PGF), an angiogenic protein whose deficiency is implicated in the development of preeclampsia, a severe gestational disorder. Specifically Matthew’s research has centered on the role of PGF in mediating fetal brain development and cognitive function in mice and humans. He hopes to further this line of work through pursuing a position in the pharmaceutical industry.Matthew previously completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. studies in Health Sciences at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Shortly after coming to Queen’s University, Matthew was awarded the Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship to fund his Ph.D. work. As part of his Ph.D., Matthew participated in a 6-month student exchange at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Brazil. Matthew has presented his work at many national and international conferences, and has been recognized with numerous presentation awards. These include the Best Oral Presentation at the 2013 Latin American Symposium on Maternal-Fetal Interaction (SLIMP) in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil, the Best Platform Presentation at the 2014 Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) meeting in Grand Rapids, USA, and the Trophoblast Research New Investigator Award for best poster presentation at the 2014 International Federation of Placenta Associations (IFPA) meeting in Paris, France.


IFPA Senior Award Lecture

Fetal membranes – a focus for the future or a legacy from the past?

 Anthony Carter


Anthony M. Carter is Emeritus Reader at the Institute for Molecular Medicine, University of Southern Denmark. He was educated at Latymer Upper School and Magdalene College Cambridge and received his doctorate from the University of Lund, Sweden. He has served as Dean of Medicine at the University of Southern Denmark and been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Toronto and Western Ontario. His research has encompassed placental circulation, placental gas exchange, fetal endocrinology and the control of fetal growth. In recent years he has focused on comparative studies of the mammalian placenta and the evolution of placentation.



 NIH Award Lecteure

 Sadovsky_Yoel_11_11_2009Yoel Sadovsky, MD
Director, Magee-Womens Research Institute
Elsie Hilliard Hillman Chair of Women’s Health Research
Professor of OBGYN, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Associate Dean, Women’s Health Research and Reproductive Sciences
University of Pittsburgh

Yoel Sadovsky received his MD degree from the Hebrew University in 1986, followed by OBGYN residency at Washington University and maternal-fetal medicine and postdoctoral research fellowships at UCSF. He then returned to Washington University and served as Director, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Ultrasound between 1999-2007. In 2007, he assumed Directorship of Magee-Womens Research Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2014 he was appointed Associate Dean, Women’s Health Research and Reproductive Sciences, and in 2015 he was honored by the University as a Distinguished Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Sadovsky seeks to decipher placental function and adaptation to injury, focusing on trophoblast-specific long non-coding and microRNAs and their communication among the fetal, placental, and maternal compartments. He also interrogates trophoblast trafficking of lipids. His laboratory is funded by several NIH grants, and his investigation resulted in more than 130 articles and 20 chapters and invited publications. Dr. Sadovsky has served as a member of the NICHD Advisory Council and currently serves on the NICHD Board of Scientific Directors. He also serves as an Editor for the journal Placenta. In 2004, Dr. Sadovsky received the Society for Gynecologic Investigation’s (SGI) President’s Achievement Award, and was recently elected President of that society for 2016-17. In 2013, Dr. Sadovsky was elected to the Institute of Medicine, and in 2014 he was elected Member, Association of American Physicians (AAP). Dr. Sadovsky was awarded the 2013 Cozzarelli Prize in biomedical science from the National Academy of Sciences.