August 30 – September 2, 2017, Manchester (the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) hosted the annual scientific meeting of the International Federation of Placenta Associations (IFPA).
The city of Manchester for the conduction of such a high level scientific forum was chosen not accidentally since the Great Britain, and Manchester itself, are famous worldwide for the significant achievements in the field of biology of reproduction, physiology and pathophysiology of the placenta, as well as approaches to imaging and treatment of functional disorders of this organ.
The peculiarity of this year’s IFPA meeting was the harmonious combination of topical issues of fundamental medicine and biology in the field of placental study with clinical aspects. The theme of the conference was “Placenta: Journey of a Lifetime”.
Fundamentalists and clinicians from around the world visited the event and during 4 days they were discussing hot issues of the field, which is now increasingly referred to as “placentology” – the science of the placenta.
Consequently, the formation of a separate placental science testifies to the extraordinary importance of this organ, both for the development of the fetus and the normal course of pregnancy, and as a source of stem cells, numerous biologically active substances, and initial materials for the production of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
During the conference a number of interesting workshops were held on the following topics: 3D structure-based modelling of placental function; Clinical placentology; Placental bed in the next generation – study resources and research questions; Treating placental dysfunction: pre-clinical strategis.
Also in the framework of the conference an original public event “Before You Were Born” was held. The idea behind this project was to inform the public about the biological significance of the placenta and the research studies of this organ that is being conducted in Manchester and around the world. Interestingly, the “Before You Born” event included popular scientific presentations for adults and children. So, within the framework of the project “Before You Were Born” there were artistic and photo exhibitions, poetry was read – all about the placenta. Adinda van ‘t Klooster, a Dutch artist currently living in Manchester, presented an exhibition of sculpture and drawing titled “Still Born”.
Far not for the first time Ukraine at the IFPA meeting was represented by the Institute of Cell Therapy, an active and long-term member of the International Placenta Stem Cells Society.
So, Dr. Volodymyr Shabliy, Ph.D., the deputy director of the cryobank of the Institute of Cell Therapy presented a poster “PLACENTA-DERIVED MULTIPOTENT CELLS EXPRESS SYNCYTIN-1 AND POSSES ABILITY TO FUSE WITH TROPHOBLAST.” This paper was published in the prestigious international journal Placenta (Placenta, 2017, vol.3) and was awarded the Elsevier Award.
The presentation of the Institute of Cell Therapy at a foreign scientific event of such a high level will contribute to the strengthening of the the scientific and business image of the Institute on the international arena, what undoubtedly is important for establishing business contacts with foreign biobanks and regenerative therapy clinics. After all, our clients increasingly want to be treated abroad using umbilical cord blood stem cells stored in the Institute of Cell Therapy, as many of our fellow citizens emigrate and transfer to the biobanks at a new place of residence cellular deposits of the cord blood and placenta, stored in Ukraine.