Supporting networking and collaborative research among early career scientists and clinicians.

Support presentation at IFPA Toyko meeting and initiating collaborations with Japanese researchers

Hannah Yong, University of Cambridge



My aims are to:

-   Attend and present two posters on the importance of placental endocrine function on maternal and fetal health at the International Federation of Placenta Associations (IFPA) conference in Tokyo

-   Meet with two renowned Japanese experts and develop new collaborations with them



With the award of the grant, I was able to present two posters at International Federation of Placenta Associations (IFPA) conference in Tokyo. The conference went very well and I received valuable feedback that has helped refined my work on placental endocrinology, which is in preparation for eventual submission to a high-impact journal. Moreover, being at an international conference, I also had many opportunities to network with many experts from over the world, besides Japan. It was exciting to hear about the latest research going on in placental research and I went away from the conference with new perspectives and greater insights into placental function, which will undoubtedly provide a strong foundation in preparing future research grant applications.

Following the conference, I visited Professor Masahito Ikawa at Osaka University and Professor Aikou Okamoto’s team at Jikei University School of Medicine. Both meetings were very productive and I hope to collaborate with them in the future when the opportunity arises.

I am very grateful for the generous support of the Bioscientifica Trust in funding my research travels. I believe in the long-term, these experiences play a vital role in the transition to becoming an independent research leader in the reproductive endocrinology field.


Grant awarded: £671.21

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