Research Clinics

As part of the Centre for Reproductive Health’s commitment to research, a series of research clinics is on offer to the local scientific and clinical community.

Senior academics, postdoctoral scholars and current students present their work to the Little France community on Friday’s, between 2-3pm in the Wellcome Auditorium of the Queens Medical Research Institute.

The Autumn 2016 series of Research Clinic presentations will be conducted by Senior academics, postdoctoral researchers and current students.

09 September 2016
Gael Sugano ((Postdoctoral researcher)
Laura O’Hara (Postdoctoral researcher)

16 September 2016
Marsida Hutka (PhD)
Annalucia Darbey (PhD)

23 September 2016
Richard Smith (Postdoctoral researcher)
Michael Curley (PhD)

30 September 2016
Agi Swierczac (Postdoctoral researcher)
Roseanne Rosario (Postdoctoral researcher)

07 October 2016
Ramya Bhatia (Senior Research Fellow)
Laura Stirrat (PhD)

14 October 2016
Pablo Hurtado (PhD)
Lenka Hrabalkova (PhD)

21 October 2016
Ahmed Serag (Postdoctoral researcher)
Claire Davies (Postdoctoral researcher)

28 October 2016
Kasia Siemienowicz (PhD)
Esra Guc (Postdoctoral researcher)

4 November 2016
Diane Rebourcet (Postdoctoral researcher)
Xue-Feng Li (Postdoctoral researcher)

11 November 2016
Sara Rinaldi (Postdoctoral researcher)
Matt Brook (Postdoctoral researcher)

18 November 2016
Manuel Blesa (PhD)
Sofia Makieva (Postdoctoral researcher)

25 November 2016
Ashley Boyle (PhD)
Furquan Ahmed (Postdoctoral researcher)

2 December 2016
Luca Cassetta (Postdoctoral researcher)
Amy Lloyd (PhD)

9 December 2016
Meghan Maslen (PhD)
Galadrielle Biver (Postdoctoral researcher)


The Spring 2016 series of Research Clinic presentations was conducted by Senior academics, postdoctoral researchers and current students.

12 February 2016
Professor Jane Norman
“Outcomes in pregnancy research”

19 February 2016
Kelsey Grieve (PhD)
“Developing a re-aggregated ovary model to investigate the potential of bovine oogonial stem cells.”

Jessica Scanlon (PhD)
“PABP4:Effects on glucose homeostasis in PABP4 knock-out mice”

26 February 2016
Dr Bin-Zhi Qian
“Tumour microenvironment in cancer metastasis and therapy resistance”

04 March 2016
Laura O’Hara (Postdoctoral researcher)
“New insights into the development and function of the pituitary gland”

Pablo Hurtado Gonzalez (PhD)
“Effect of fetal analgesic exposure on the epigenetic machinery of germ cells”

18 March 2016
Karolina Skorupskaite (PhD)
“Kisspeptin and neurokinin B in the regulation of the human hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis”

Nathália Lara (visiting PhD)
“The masculinisation programming window: origin of focal dysgenetic areas in the fetal testis”

01 April 2016
Syed Furquan Ahmad (Postdoctoral researcher)
“Is lactate a potential therapeutic target for endometriosis?”

Marian Aldhous (Postdoctoral researcher)
“Is there an association between HPV-infection and preterm birth?  A data-linkage study”

08 April 2016
Agnieszka Swierczak (Postdoctoral researcher)
“Monocyte- and neutrophil-derived biomarkers of ovarian cancer”

Cheryl Dunlop (PhD)
“Isolation, Characterisation and In Vitro Potential of Oogonial Stem Cells”

15 April 2016
Matt Brook (Postdoctoral researcher)
“Delineating the cellular and molecular aetiology of the Pabp4-/- reproductive phenotype”

Gael Sugano (Postdoctoral researcher)
Mouse mammary gland development and macrophages”

22 April 2016
Roseanne Rosario (Postdoctoral researcher)
“RNA immunoprecipitation identifies novel DAZL targets in human fetal ovary”

Emma Telford (PhD)
“Advanced neonatal magnetic resonance imaging to predict neurocognitive outcome after preterm birth”

29 April 2016
No Research Clinic

06 May 2016
Diane Rebourcet (Postdoctoral researcher)
“Sertoli cells influence vascular development and function to support testicular endocrine function”

Matina Fragkogianni (PhD)
“A monocyte signature predictive for breast cancer ”

13 May 2016
Katarzyna Siemienowicz (PhD)
“Role of adipose tissue in metabolic dysregulation in an ovine model of PCOS”

Luca Cassetta (Postdoctoral researcher)
“Breaking Bad in cancer: your immune system is working for the enemy”

20 May 2016
Karen Kilcoyne (Postdoctoral researcher)
“An in vitro model to investigate genes involved in human fetal testis development”

Sara Rinaldi (Postdoctoral researcher)
“Inflammation, preterm birth and fetal injury”

*** Talks will be followed by an address from Dr Jessica Boname, Programme Manager, MRC ***

27 May 2016
Sofia Makieva (Postdoctoral researcher)
“Studies of the uterine cervix in pregnancy”

Galadrielle Biver (Postdoctoral researcher)
“Role of Mesenchymal Stromal Cells in bone metastasis progression and prostate cancer resistance to androgen deprivation therapy (ADT)”

03 June 2016
Manuel Blesa (PhD)
“The effect of perinatal adversity on structural connectivity of the developing brain”

Caterina Fazzi (PhD)
“Sedentary behaviours in obese pregnant woman”

10 June 2016
Bianca De Leo (PhD)
“A role of mast cells in women’s health and disorders of the endometrium”

Dr Forbes Howie
“Monitoring Giant Panda urine: It’s not all black and white”

17 June 2016
Anne-Louise Gannon (PhD)
“Investigating Steroid Receptors in the Adrenal Cortex”

Ashley Boyle (PhD)
“The effect of statin treatment in preterm labour”

24 June 2016
Meghan Maslen (PhD)
“Determining the role of monocytes and macrophages in breast cancer bone metastasis”

Amy Lloyd (PhD)
“Cellular and molecular mechanisms underpinning microglial activation during central nervous system remyelination”


Talks are open to all.