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

  • 09:25 Registration
  • 09:30 Welcome & Course contents, Professor Marta Cohen & Dr Mudher Al-Adnani
  • 09:35 Placental physiology, Professor Rohan Lewis
  • 10:10 Amsterdam Criteria, Dr Peter Nikkels
  • 10.45 Q&A 
  • 11:00 Coffee break     
  • 11:15 Macroscopic examination of the placenta, Dr Andreas Marnerides
  • 11:45 Maternal vascular Malperfusion, Dr Tamas Marton & Dr Beata Hargitai
  • 12:15 Cord pathology, Dr Peter Nikkels
  • 12:45 Q&A 
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:30 Inflammatory and immune related conditions of the placenta, Dr Mudher Al-Adnani
  • 14:05 Development of the placenta Professor Ona Faye-Petersen
  • 14:40 Cervicovaginal microbial-metabolite patterns associated with preterm birth, Emmanuel Amabebe
  • 15:15 Q&A
  • 15:25 Coffee break  
  • 15:35 (Foeto) placental hydrops Professor Ona Faye-Petersen               
  • 16:10 Placenta and SARS-Cov-2 Infection, Dr Sophie Stenton
  • 16:45 Q&A
  • 16:55 Close meeting

Day 2 - Friday, 18 June 2021

  • 08:55 Registration
  • 09:00 Welcome
  • 09:05 Gestational trophoblastic disease, Dr Neil Sebire
  • 09:40 Twin placental pathology, Dr Peter Nikkels
  • 10:15 Q&A
  • 10:25 Coffee break 
  • 10:40 Fetal vascular malperfusion, Dr Peter Nikkels
  • 11:15 Stillbirth and the placenta, Professor Marta Cohen
  • 11:50 Q&A
  • 12:05 Farewell and departure

Registration Fees

Online Bookings

RCPath Members: £247.50
Non-members: £316.00
Concessions: £132.00 Includes trainees, BMS, non-consultant Clinical Scientists, retired & nurses

Please note that an administrative charge of £10.00 will be made on all cancellations and the total registration fee is forfeited if cancelled one working week before the event.


This meeting will be held via Zoom. Details of the meeting with accompanied guidance will be sent to attendees before the meeting. We strongly suggest you download Zoom to your computer/laptop to make the most of the meeting, however if this is not possible just simply click on the link provided. To find out more about Zoom and how it works please visit the website

Please note: If you experience any problems when connecting to your Zoom meeting, such as lagging or freezing, then this may indicate that there is an issue with your internet connection, or the device you are using. We suggest that you try to move to an area with a more stable connection and then re-join the meeting. We unfortunately will not be able to provide you with a refund or transfer you onto another event if you happen to encounter these problems on the day.