AURDM Symposium 2016

The 6th Annual Academic Unit of Reproductive and Developmental Medicine (AURDM) Symposium took place on Friday 20 November 2016 in the Ian Cooke Lecture Theatre (Jessop Wing) with over 50 delegates in attendance from across the University and further afield.

This year’s programme included lectures from invited speakers on “Reproduction is in control and has all the answers; we just need to get the questions right!” (Richard Sharpe, University of Edinburgh), “MRI imaging in early life and death: a sociological study” (Julie Ellis and Kate Reed, University of Sheffield Department of Sociological Studies), “The Evolution of Ejaculate-Female Reproductive Tract Interactions” (Rhonda Snook, University of Sheffield Department of Animal and Plant Sciences), “Preventing Spina Bifida; Science Versus Politics” (Bob Fraser, Emeritus Reader Obstetrics and Gynaecology).

Talks from final year PhD students in AURDM include Shaghayegh Basatavat “Tribbles-2 role in embryo implantation and modulation of TLR5 signalling pathway in the female reproductive tract” and Sofia Granados Aparici “TGFbeta signally and cell cycle control during early ovarian follicle development”.

Colleagues from the NHS provided contributions “3T MRI and 3D” (Andrew Fry) and “What shape is your bladder in? Ultrasonographic assessment of bladder sphericity in healthy volunteers and women with overactive bladder” (Steve Radley).

Once again a highlight of the day was the three-minute thesis presentations given by first and second year postgraduate research students in AURDM, which was won by Victoria Parker for a presentation entitled “Predicting resistance to first-line chemotherapy in women diagnosed with Gestational Trophoblastic Neoplasia”.




“3-minute thesis winner Victoria Parker receiving her certificate from Emeritus Professor Ian Cooke”



The day was rounded of by an entertaining lecture by Professor Mike Wells (former Professor of Pathology at the University of Sheffield) giving an account of “35 years in Gynaecological Pathology”.

The date for next year’s symposium is already set and will take place on Friday 24 November 2017. Please hold the date in your diary if you would like to attend.