Understanding Human Placental Structure and Function in Real Time: Current Progress and Future Directions

July 24-25, 2017




Natcher Conference Center, Building 45
NIH Main Campus
45 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892


The placenta is the least understood human organ and arguably one of the more important organs in the body, not only for the health of a woman and her fetus during pregnancy, but also for the lifelong health of both. To address this lack of knowledge, NICHD believes a concerted effort, the Human Placenta Project (HPP), would make substantial inroads.

Initial goals of the Human Placenta Project are to bring together a group of broad thinkers that includes technical subject matter experts, placental biologists, and clinicians to:

  • Identify scientific processes that, with non-invasive monitoring, will allow understanding of placental development and function
  • Identify new and emerging technologies and imaging methods to achieve HPP goals
  • Develop partnerships between subject matter and technology experts
  • Leverage this breadth of expertise and perspective to inform the broader project roadmap and prioritize next steps 

View the meeting agenda (PDF 271 KB).


David Weinberg, PhD

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