BoR Winners Webinar Series

The BOR Winners Webinar Series

The BOR 2021 Research Article Awards Webinar Series is designed to highlight research from the 2021 Biology of Reproduction Awards Winners for research articles.

Each webinar will be scheduled for 1 hour and will feature a 10-minute introduction by an invited moderator, a 30-40 min talk by the lead author, and 10-20 min for questions and answers. This series is free and attendees are encouraged to share with their colleagues.

May 10

5-6 pm ET

Microvesicles and exosomes released by amnion epithelial cells under oxidative stress cause inflammatory changes in uterine cells

Pr. Ramkumar Menon, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Perinatal Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston


(Moderator: Dr. Carlos Guardia)

Read Pr. Ramkumar Menon's Biography

Dr. Ramkumar Menon is a tenured Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology/Cell biology at the University Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, TX. He is also the Director of the Division of Basic Science and Translational Research at UTMB. The primary focus of his lab is to design strategies to reduce PTB risk using extracellular vesicles as a drug delivery vehicle to treat the fetal inflammatory response. His lab is also involved in developing various Organ-on-Chip models for various intrauterine organ systems. His research is currently funded by multiple grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH, USA) and other non-federal agencies. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Dr. Menon is also a mentor to over 30 medical and postgraduate students. Dr. Menon is also the executive director of Preterm birth International Collaborative, not-for-profit research and educational organization involved in preterm birth research.

Read more about the webinar

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Pr. Menon will present his work exploring the role of fetal cells-derived extracellular vesicles in feto-maternal communication. His winning article demonstrated that exosomes and microvesicles (MVs) under oxidative stress (OS) carry unique cargo and traffic through feto-maternal interface, which cause inflammation in uterine cells associated with parturition.

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