Up-coming European meetings

GFP meeting

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 2021 meeting of the “Groupe de la francophonie placentaire” (GfP) which, due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions, will be held in the hybrid mode (online and on-site) this year! 

The 8th GfP meeting will take place from Monday, September 6th to Tuesday, September 7, 2021 in Nantes. 

This year, with the theme « Ma mother, my Placenta and me » and in the continuity of previous meetings, this meeting aims to encourage research on the placenta and associated obstetrical conditions, to facilitate international French-speaking collaborations, and scientific and methodological exchanges in our field. 

The conference is open to researchers, teachers, students and clinicians. The invited speakers are specialists in placenta coming from various backgrounds (immunologists, geneticists, physiologists, obstetricians, biochemists, pathologists, toxicologists…). The meeting is organized to allow all participants to present their research project and to discuss allowing a special Tribune for young investigators. 

The meeting is free but needs registration on the website



Welcome to all! 

Comité organisateur : Véronique Ferchaud-Roucher

Comité fondateur du GfP : Cathy Vaillancourt, Marie Cohen, Thierry Fournier

The language of the meeting is French.

IFPA-EPG president and EPG-Placenta editor

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Pascale Chavatte-Palmer

Pascale Chavatte-Palmer graduated as DVM in France in 1989 and specialized in animal reproduction in UK, USA and France, with a research focus in placental and perinatal development in horses. In 1999, she joined the Biology of Development and Reproduction (BDR) research unit at INRA in France and studied feto-placental and postnatal consequences of cloning and embryo technologies in cattle. In 2006, she started to develop biomedical and veterinary models for studying the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD), with an emphasis on placental function. Her group, now led by Anne Couturier-Tarrade, studies the programming effects of nutritional challenges, metabolic imbalance, embryo technologies and exposure to airborne and/or food pollutants, taking advantage of access to a large number of species, including horses, rabbits, cattle and small ruminants, and developing multidisciplinary approaches. In 2020, she became director of the new Biology of Reproduction, Environment, Epigenetics and Development (BREED) INRAE research unit (succeeding to BDR unit), that gathers expertise in animal and human reproduction and development with about 90 staff members.

Pascale is a member of EPG since 2014. She was on the scientific committee for the Paris meeting in 2014 and is currently the temporary president of the European Placenta Group (EPG). She is also a founding member of the French speaking society for DOHAD (SF-DOHAD), she was president of the International Society for Embryo Technologies from 2018 to 2020 and she presides the French society for the Study of Fertility (SFEF). She has co-authored > 100 original articles and >50 reviews in peer-reviewed journals. 

Her CV and articles can be found here https://cv.archives-ouvertes.fr/pascale-chavatte-palmer

Placenta editor

Udo Markert

Udo Markert is Professor and Head of the Placenta Laboratory at the University Hospital Jena, Germany. He is President of the European Society for Reproductive Immunology (ESRI; 2019-2022) and the current interim Secretary General of the European Placenta Group (EPG). He has been President of the American Society for Reproductive Immunology (ASRI) 2012-2014, and has served for its Council for 8 years. He has been Councillor also of the International Society for Immunology of Reproduction (ISIR) and ESRI. He has received several awards including the “German Innovation Award Medical Engineering” (2008), the “John Christian Herr Award” of the ASRI (2009) and the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology (AJRI) Award (2016). Udo Markert is Organizer and Chair of the upcoming IFPA congress 2024 in Germany and has organized and co-organized several international conferences, such as the triannual ISIR congress 2016 in Erfurt, Germany, and the joint ASRI and ESRI congress 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. He is Associate Editor of the AJRI and member of further Editorial Boards in other journals of the field. He was member of the Editorial Board of Placenta and is Special Issue Editor of Placenta (Ex vivo human placenta perfusion) and other journals. He is visiting professor at the Chongqing Medical University, China. Udo Markert’s main research topics are trophoblast and placenta functions, endometrium and ovaries, mostly wth special regard to immunology. He has published 157 pubmed cited papers, has reached an H index of 31 and has supervised 115 master and doctoral theses.