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Apr 20

Placenta Imaging Workshop 2018

Georgina Cade

in News

On 12-13 April 2018, the Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC) hosted a Placenta Imaging Workshop to bring together the most exciting recent research into placenta imaging in the UK.

  • Over the two days, attendees heard talks from 13 world-leading experts from universities across the UK and Paris.

  • The first speaker, Professor Anna David, Director of the UCL Institute for Women’s Health, set the tone for the workshop by highlighting the often-overlooked importance of the placenta as an organ:

    “The placenta is a fascinating organ that functions as a respiratory, renal, hepatic, endocrine and vascular system for the developing fetus. We are all here as the product of a successful placenta.”

    The workshop provided lots of opportunities for engineers, clinicians and medical experts in the field to network and exchange ideas, with a key part of the workshop being the evening networking social and poster session.

  • Attendees had the chance to explore over 20 posters with subjects ranging from the movement of blood within the placenta to the efficient segmentation of fetal fMRI using deep learning tools. UCL public engagement specialists also presented a poster, encouraging attendees to learn more about how to engage patients and the public with their research, creating spaces for mutual learning and dialogue.

    Workshop organiser, Dr Andrew Melbourne, described the workshop as “a fantastic opportunity for researchers at all imaging scales and from multiple disciplines to come together to learn more about what is an amazing, but relatively little understood organ”.

    The Placenta Imaging Workshop was organised by GIFT-Surg investigators, Dr Andrew Melbourne and Dr Rosalind Aughwane and Placenta Imaging Project researcher, Dr Paddy Slator.

  • Attendees (above) at the workshop use 3D glasses to view a vibrant, poster size image of a placenta which uses 3D microCT and customised analysis software to show the distance to the nearest exchanging vessel.