Artificial Placenta Mini Symposium

Last month the Artificial Placenta Mini Symposium took place! PLS members met for the first time to look at the development of an artificial placenta from different perspectives. A big thank you to Mike Seed, Christoph Haller, and Janna Morrison. Till next time!  

Mike Seed: 

Division Head, Cardiology, Cardiac Radiologist, Associate Professor of Paediatrics University of Toronto, BMO Financial Group Chair in Cardiology

Dr. Mike Seed was appointed as a Paediatric Cardiologist and Radiologist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 2011. He is an assistant professor of Pediatrics, Medical Imaging and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. He is an Associate Scientist at the SickKids Research Institute and an Associate Member of the Institute of Medical Science.  

Christoph Haller:

Cardiovascular Surgeon, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery

He subspecialized in congenital heart surgery and completed clinical and research fellowships at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and University of Toronto. he is using extracorporeal perfusion to preserve and restore function during fetal and neonatal life, and in the setting of organ transplantation.

Janna Morrison:

Fetal physiologist, University of South Australia

Professor Morrison’s research uses a range of models and analytical techniques to investigate how the physiological environment from before conception and during pregnancy can contribute to a range of conditions in adulthood such as cardiovascular disease, asthma, obesity and diabetes. Functional studies of blood pressure regulation and glucose tolerance are linked to the molecular signaling pathways that regulated these events. We are one of few groups internationally that uses MRI to measure fetal hemodynamics, fetal oxygenation and fetal cardiac function in preclinical models and relates these findings to organ specific molecular signalling.