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

November 13-14, 2018




Bethesda Marriott
5151 Pooks Hill Road
Bethesda, MD 20814


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.

The goals of this meeting are to:

  • Bring together a group of multidisciplinary experts and broad thinkers, including computer scientists, engineers, placental biologists, clinicians, and patients to discuss how to achieve the HPP goals
  • Highlight the progress to date of HPP-funded projects through presentations, posters, and demonstrations
  • Provide thought-provoking presentations to inspire current and potential grantees to think about the HPP’s future directions, with an emphasis on translation of HPP research into the clinic and into low-resource settings.

View the meeting agenda (PDF 134 KB).



David Weinberg, PhD

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