Graham Burton

Recipient of the IFPA-EPG 2020 Joan Hunt Senior Award

Graham Burton qualified in medicine from the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, but returned to pursue basic research at Cambridge, where he held the Mary Marshall and Arthur Walton Professorship of the Physiology of Reproduction until his retirement in 2020. He has a long-standing interest in early placental development and function, and in particular how this is influenced by oxygen and histotrophic nutrition from the uterine glands during the first trimester. Most recently, he has been involved in the derivation of both endometrial and trophoblast organoids, allowing the maternal-fetal interactions during early pregnancy to be investigated in a systematic fashion. His research has been acknowledged by the award of several international prizes, and election as a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences in 2011. Graham was one of the founding members of the EPG, and served as the European Editor of Placentafrom 2008-2015. He was also the founder and inaugural Director of the Centre for Trophoblast Research, which supported IFPA through provision of the Loke New Investigator award.