ANZPRA mini-symposium - via Zoom, Tuesday 3rd August

The ANZPRA mini-symposium kindly being organised by Dr Daniel McKeating and Lucy Bartho on Tuesday the 3rd of August from 11am-1pm AEST (QLD, NSW, VIC), 10:30am-12:30pm SA, 9-11am WA, 1-3pm NZ. The theme this time is 'Pregnancy complications and vascular response'. Visit the ANZPRA satellites page for full programme details. To register for FREE please visit:

ANZPRA Satellite - Melbourne, 20th November 2021

The Society for Reproductive Biology meeting is currently planning for an in person meeting (with hybrid options) in Melbourne from the 21st-24th November 2021, ANZPRA will again be holding it's satellite meeting ahead of this on Saturday the 20th of November.  Stay tuned for more details.

2021 brings more ANZPRA Awards for our early career researchers

The ANZPRA ECR Award is aimed at enabling our younger members to visit other laboratories to foster collaborations and learn new techniques. Awards are valued at up to $1000AU, and open to ANZPRA members who are within 5 years of obtaining their PhD (or highest degree). We are pleased to announce that after a pause in this award in 2020 applications for the ANZPRA ECR award are open again in 2021. We appreciate that travel limitations are fluctuating and more limited than when this award was previously offered, so we encourage our ECRs to think more widely about the use of the award to facilitate collaborative research, even within their own state or country. If you have any questions about how you would like to spend the money to achieve the overall aims, please email The closing date for applications is the 1st of October 2021. 

We're also excited to launch the ANZPRA New Investigator Conference Award. This award is designed to help mitigate the effects of Covid on our ECRs (in particular those who have not been able to attend in person conferences during their degree) by supporting some of our ECR members to attend their first ANZPRA satellite meeting (providing free registration, and a contribution towards associated travel costs). The closing date for applications is the 13th of August 2021.

Visit the awards page for full details of both these awards, and information on how to apply.

IFPA Conference Updates

Please note that the IFPA Amsterdam meeting was postponed to 2021, and will now be held as a fully virtual meeting.  Please visit for full details. The theme of the meeting will be “Next Generation of Placental Research”. This theme has a twofold aim; firstly, it is chosen to emphasize the research performed by young investigators and give them a large platform to present their work. Secondly, the theme is to highlight all aspects of the large variety of next generation techniques present today or in the near future.

In line with this, all future IFPA meetings have been shifted back a year, with the IFPA NZ meeting to be held in 2022.  Please see for details.



Centre of Research Excellence in Stilbirth

The Stillbirth CRE is a national collaboration addressing the neglected tragedy of stillbirth. Through a priority driven program, the Stillbirth CRE aims to reduce the rate of stillbirth and improve care for parents and families whose baby is stillborn. It brings together parents, parent advocates, health care professionals, researchers, professional colleges, and policy makers, to reduce stillbirths and improve the quality care for women and families after stillbirth. The Stillbirth CRE work program focuses on research that translates into improved maternity care and better health outcomes for women and their babies. For full details, including information on their mission to develop an Australasian database of placental samples to promote and facilitate collaborative placental research, please visit our dedicated resources page, or the Stillbirth CRE website.

Placenta - the official journal of IFPA

Placenta is the International forum providing up to the minute information on all scientific and clinical investigations pertaining to placental research and their applications. The journal includes full length and mini reviews, original articles, book reviews, announcements and reports, abstracts of important meetings and scientific letters to the Editor.