Biomedical Sciences Research Centre Seminar Series

Biomedical Sciences Research Centre - Molecules, Modules and Models of Pregnancy

Atomic structure of a biological molecule
Seminars

As part of the School of Science and Technology Biomedical Sciences Research Centre Seminar Series, Professor Michael Taggart, Newcastle University, presents: Molecules, Modules and Models of Pregnancy.

  • From: Wednesday 11 October 2017, 1.10 pm
  • To: Wednesday 11 October 2017, 2 pm
  • Location: ERD 282, Erasmus Darwin, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS

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Event details

As part of the School of Science and Technology Biomedical Sciences Research Centre Seminar Series, Professor Michael Taggart, Newcastle University, presents: Molecules, Modules and Models of Pregnancy.

Abstract

Professor Taggart graduated as a physiologist from Glasgow University before studying for a PhD in vascular smooth muscle biochemistry at the National Heart & Lung Institute, London. Post-doctoral work followed in Liverpool, Boston and Manchester before securing an academic lectureship at Manchester University where he progressed to the position of reader.  Since 2007 he has held the position of Chair of Reproductive Sciences at Newcastle University.

Work in the Taggart laboratory investigates the cellular, tissue and organ remodelling events that occur in the mother and fetus during pregnancy and the impact these have for post-natal health to adulthood. The regulation of these adaptations is crucial in order for the mother to support the growing embryo/fetus and ensure a successful pregnancy outcome.  This is important because common complications of pregnancy such as preterm birth - arising from pre-eclampsia, uterine growth restriction or premature labour – can result in very serious immediate and long-term health issues for the mother and any surviving babies (including cardiovascular disease).

Experimental work involves the use of human and animal tissues and the application of a multitude of techniques including live cell confocal fluorescent microscopy, optical mapping of tissue electrogenesis, ultrastructural examination by TEM and SBF-SEM, RNA Sequencing and label-free proteomics.  Present research projects concentrate on three tissue/organ settings: vascular regulation in the uteroplacental unit; fetal and cardiac remodelling; uterine smooth muscle remodelling.  The lecture will touch on these to illustrate that studying different aspects of pregnancy can provide important information on how human cell/tissue/organ systems respond when challenged to their physiological boundaries.

All welcome.

This seminar is hosted by Dr Mark Turner.

For any enquiries please contact Dr Amanda Coutts or Dr John Dickenson.

Location details

Room/Building:

ERD 282, Erasmus Darwin

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
Nottingham
NG11 8NS

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