Placental pathology is a unique area of perinatal pathology whose understanding requires knowledge of normal development, physiology and histopathology as well as foetal and maternal medicine. Request of placental examination has grown exponentially in the recent years, and this has not been paired with histopathologist trained in reporting them.

This course will provide an up-date on placental physiology, current classification, and new insights into the knowledge of placental conditions. 

The course “Up-date on placenta: physiology and new concepts” is designed to paediatric/perinatal and general histopathology trainees as well as consultants. The course  will also be of benefit to obstetricians, both consultants and in training.


Day 1 - Thursday, 17 June 2021

  • 08.45 Registration
  • 09.10 Welcome & Course contents, Professor Marta Cohen & Dr Mudher Al-Adnani  
  • 09.15 Placental physiology, Professor Rohan Lewis (TBC)
  • 10.00 Amsterdam Criteria, Dr Peter Nikkels
  • 10.45 Break         
  • 11.00 Macroscopic examination of the placenta, Dr Andreas Marnerides (TBC)
  • 11.30 Developmental abnormalities of the placenta, speaker (TBC)
  • 12.00 Cord pathology, Dr Peter Nikkels 
  • 12.30 Lunch
  • 13.30 Maternal vascular Malperfusion, Dr Tamas Marton & Dr Beata Hargitai
  • 14.15 Inborn errors and the placenta, speaker (TBC)
  • 15:00 Cervicovaginal microbial-metabolite patterns associated with preterm birth, Emmanuel Amabebe
  • 15.45 Break
  • 16.00 Inflammatory and immune related conditions of the placenta, Dr Mudher Al-Adnani (TBC)                 
  • 17.00 The small and the large placenta, speaker (TBC)

Day 2 - Friday, 18 June 2021

  • 08.30 Registration 
  • 09.00 Twin placental pathology, Dr Peter Nikkels 
  • 09.45 Gestational trophoblastic disease, Dr Neil Sebire (TBC)
  • 10.45 Break
  • 11.00 Fetal vascular malperfusion, Dr Peter Nikkels 
  • 11.45 Stillbirth and the placenta, Professor Marta Cohen (TBC)
  • 12.15 Farewell and departure
Registration Fees

Online Bookings

RCPath Members: £292.00
Concessions: £152.00 Includes trainees, BMS, non-consultant Clinical Scientists, retired & nurses
Non-members: £363.00

Offline Bookings (cheque and invoice)

RCPath Members: £327.00
Concessions: £185.00 Includes trainees, BMS, non-consultant Clinical Scientists, retired & nurses
Non-members: £394.00

Please note that an administrative charge of £20.00 will be made on all cancellations and the total registration fee is forfeited if cancelled one working week before the event.


To be held at the Royal College of Pathologists, 6 Alie Street, London E1 8QT.