MRC Centre for Reproductive Health
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Completed 2017 Spring/Summer seminar series

Informative seminars hosted by, and for, the Centre for Reproductive Health team.

Seminars are held in the Lecture Theatre in the QMRI

Time 12.30-1.30pm.

Monday 13 February, 2017

Title: Breaking up is hard to do: mechanisms for ensuring accurate chromosome segregation during Meiosis I in mice

Professor Paula Cohen, Biomedical Sciences, Cornell University, USA

Host: Jeff Pollard

Monday 20 February, 2017

Title: Immunosuppression in tumors. Galectin-3 covers human tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes and block their functions

Professor Pierre Van Den Bruggen, Ludwig institute for cancer research, Belgium

Host: Luca Cassetta

Monday 27 February, 2017

Title: Control of macrophage survival and longevity: the influence of sex and injury

Dr Steve Jenkins, Centre for Inflammation Research, Edinburgh University

Host: Erin Greaves

Monday 6 March, 2017

Title: The fatty prostate and tumour response to treatment

Professor Hing Leung, Beatson Institute, University of Glasgow

Host: Bin-Zhi Qian

Monday 13 March, 2017

Title: The maturation of somatosensory processing in human preterm infants

Dr Lorenzo Fabriz, UCL

Host: Erin Greaves

Monday 20 March, 2017

Title: The unique Immunological and Microbial aspects of pregnancy

Professor Gil Mor, Yale School of Medicine

*Special student selected speaker.

Host: Ioannis Pavlidis

Thursday 23 March, 2017

Special Seminar to be held 11.00 to 12.00

Title: The immune response in pregnancy and in cancer is active and supportive of placental and tumor cell growth not their destruction

Professor Kenneth Beaman, Director of the Clinical Immunology Laboratory, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago

Host: Prof. Jeff Pollard

Monday 27 March, 2017

Title: Oncogenic KRAS Regulates Tumour Cell Signalling via Stromal Reciprocation

Dr Claus Jorgensen, Cancer Research UK, Manchester Institute, University of Manchester

Host: Bin-Zhi Qian

Monday 3 April, 2017

Title: Sex chromosomes and mammalian infertility

Dr. James Turner, The Francis Crick Institute

This is a special student selected speaker seminar

Host: Pablo Hurtado Gonzalez

Wednesday 19 April, 2017

Title: Targeting metabolic vulnerabilities in cancer

Eyal Gottlieb

Host: Evan Simpson


Monday 24 April, 2017

Title: New insights into early-stage bone colonization of breast cancer cells

Professor Xiang Zhang, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas

Host: Bin-Zhi Qian

Tuesday 25 April, 2017

Special Seminar – 11:00am to 12:00pm

Title: Light response pathways and the atypical opsins in development, homeostasis and disease

Professor Richard Lang, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA

Host: Jeff Pollard

Monday 8 May, 2017

Please note this seminar will be held at the alternative time and venue: 11:00 in Auditorium B Chancellors Building

Title: Clinical trials in early pregnancy

Professor Arri Coomarasamy, Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham

Host: Andrew Horne

Monday 15 May, 2017

Please note: this seminar will be held from 11:00am - 12:00pm.

Title: Antigen presentation and T cell activation by dendritic cells

Professor Sebastian Amigarena, Institut Curie, Paris, France

Host: Jeff Pollard

Monday 22 May, 2017

Title: Chromatin modification, gene regulation and cancer

Dr Gang (Greg) Wang, Lineberger Cancer Centre,

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of North Carolina

Host: Bin-Zhi Qian

Monday 5 June, 2017

Title: Innate lymphocytes and reproduction

Dr Francesco Colucci, University of Cambridge

Host: Lisa Campbell

Monday 12 June, 2017

Title: The use of bioluminescent imaging for modelling preterm birth

Dr Natalie Suff, Clinical Research Fellow Institute for Women's Health University College London

Host: Sarah Stock

Monday 3 July 2017 (15.00)


Title: Future anti-cancer targets: put the cart before the horses

Prof. Tak Mak, Director of the Advanced Medical Discovery Institute and the Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research. Ontario Cancer Institute, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Host: Prof Jeffrey Pollard

Thursday 13 July 2017 (16.00 to 17.00)

Title: Roles of Prostaglandins in Regulation of Plasticity of Lymphatics and Lymph Nodes

Prof Masataka Majima, Vice President, Department of Pharmacology, Kitasato University School of Medicine, Kanagawa, Japan.

Host: Prof Jeffrey Pollard



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