Human Evolution: brain, birthweight and the immune system

Human evolution

Scientific discussion meeting organised by Emeritus Professor Eric Barrington FMedSci FRS, Professor Graham Burton FMedSci and Professor Ashley Moffett. 

Event details

The complexity of the human brain is unique. However, the large size at birth poses risks to mother and offspring due to constraints on pelvic architecture imposed by bipedalism. This tension will be explored in the light of new concepts in the relationships between evolution of the brain, the placenta, the immune system at the maternal-fetal interface, and genomic imprinting.

You can download the draft programme (PDF) and abstracts and biographies of the speakers will soon be available. Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the event and the papers will be published in a future issue of Philosophical Transactions B.

Attending this event

This event is intended for researchers in relevant fields and is free to attend. There are a limited number of places and registration is essential. An optional lunch is offered and should be booked during registration (all major credit cards accepted).

Participants are also encouraged to attend the related satellite meeting, Human evolution: brain development in relation to placental function, which immediately follows this event.

Enquiries: Contact the events team

Human Evolution: brain, birthweight and the immune system 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK

Session 1: Evolution of the brain and the biomechanics of the human pelvis

Session 2: Nutrient delivery to the fetus

Session 3: Placental invasiveness and maternal-fetal immunology

Session 4: Genetic links between the brain and the placenta

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