Schedule

All times are in BST (UTC+01:00)

Day One

BST

12:45

13:00

Welcome and introduction

BST

13:00

14:00

Keynote Lecture 1

Can interventions in pregnancy lead to improved lifelong health of the child?

Prof. Lucilla Poston, Professor of Maternal & Fetal Health and Director of Tommy’s Maternal & Fetal Research Unit, St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College London

BST

14:00

15:00

Session 1: In vivo models of maternal health & disease

14:00 14:15
Studying postpartum health in a mouse model of gestational diabetes’ Dr Lorna Smith, King’s College London

14:15 14:30
Advanced MRI techniques to assess normal and pathological lung development: a pilot study’ Carla Avena-Zampieri, King’s College London

14:30 14:45
Butyrate treatment during gestation prevents metabolic anomalies in mothers and fetuses’ Florencia Heinecke, Universidad de Buenos Aires

14:45 15:00
‘Can sulforaphane improve glucose handling in a mouse model of maternal obesity?’ Jessica Morris, King’s College London

BST

15:00

15:15

Break

BST

15:15

16:15

Poster Session 1

BST

16:15

17:00

Session 2: In vitro & in silico models of maternal health & disease

16:15 – 16:30
How does cAMP/PKA regulate NF-κB during labour-associated myometrial inflammation?’ Jonathan Li, Imperial College London

16:30 – 16:45
Exploring the Urinary Steroid Metabolite Profile in Gestational Diabetes: a pilot study’ Louisa Samuels, King’s College London Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital NHS Trust

16:45 – 17:00
Vitamin D status of pregnant women with obesity in the United Kingdom and its association with pregnancy outcomes’ Katarzyna Nowak, King’s College London

BST

18:00

Round up and session end

Day Two

BST

12:00

13:00

Keynote Lecture 2

Reproduction Research Down Under

Laurate Prof Roger Smith, Professor at the School of Medicine and Public Health, Co Director of Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science & Director of Mothers and Babies Research Centre at University of Newcastle Australia and the Department  of Endocrinology at John Hunter Hospital 

BST

13:00

14:00

Maternal health in the in silico world: a demo R session

Bioinformatics workshop on the programming language ‘R’

Dr. Flavia Flaviani, Senior Bioinformatician, NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, Guy’s  and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College London 

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BST

14:00

14:15

Break

BST

14:15

15:15

Session 3: In vivo models of maternal health & disease (2)

14:15 14:30
‘Lipidomic profiling of plasma and liver from pregnant mice reveals a selective role for phosphatidylcholine in the provision of LC-PUFAs to the fetus’ Risha Amarsi, King’s College London


14:30 14:45
‘Assessment of the fetal thymus gland: comparing MRI-acquired thymus volumes with 2D ultrasound measurements’ Rebecca Myers, King’s College London/St George’s University of London  


14:45 15:00
Low vitamin B12 status and insulin resistance in the newborn of women with pregestational obesity’ Erika Castano-Moreno,  Universidad de Chile

15:00 15:15
Offspring exposure to maternal obesity and the impacts of maternal resveratrol supplementation on heart rate variability’ Amelia Reynolds, King’s College London

 

BST

15:15

15:30

Promotional talk from Randox Bioscience

BST

15:30

16:15

Poster session 2: Flash Talks

15:35 – 15:40
‘Investigating the effect of diet-induced obesity and symbiotic supplementation on the reproductive status of offspring: a four-arm mouse model’ Amber Champion, King’s College London

 

15:40 – 15:45
‘Composition of decidual natural killer cells alters over the course of gestation’ Emily Whettlock, Imperial College London

 

15:45 – 15:50
The offspring of women with pregestational obesity have an impaired function of monocytes and differential hematopoietic progenitors in umbilical cord blood’ Macarena Lépez, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

 

15:50 – 15:55
‘Do Bisphenols affect the oviduct epithelial nutrients’ secretions?’ Vasiliki Papachristofi, University of Hull

 

15:55 – 16:00
Epidemiology of pre-existing multimorbidity in pregnant women in the UK in 2018: a cross sectional study using CPRD, SAIL and SMR’ Siang Ing Lee, University of Birmingham

BST

16:15

17:15

Keynote Lecture 3

Why investing in maternal health after COVID-19 is so important to sustainable population health and prosperity

 

Prof Mark Hanson, British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiovascular Science,  Faculty of Medicine & lead of the early life nutrition theme of the NIHR Biomedical  Research Centre, University of Southampton 

BST

17:15

17:30

Prizes and closing remarks