Travel Story: Dr Tina Bianco-Miotto

Tina Bianco-MiottoDr Tina Bianco-Miotto from the Robinson Research Institute’s Placental Development Research Group attended the Australian and New Zealand Placental Research Association (ANZPRA) Satellite Meeting and the Joint meetings of Joint Annual Scientific Meetings of the Endocrine Society of Australia, the Society for Reproductive Biology in Gold Coast in August 2016.

Tina was invited to give talks on Epigenetic Regulation in the Placenta and Accelerated DNA methylation aging in placentas from early onset preeclampsia.

This is what Tina had to say about her experience:

What was a highlight of the conference?

The highlight of the conference was having all the researchers in our area in one place and the interaction on social media amongst all the researchers meant you knew what was happening in all the concurrent sessions. Having a joint meeting meant you could attend a session not directly related to your field but still see how the methodology could be applied to your own field. The SRB – Newcastle Award for Emerging Research Leader session was also a big highlight and very inspirational to hear such a fantastic line up of talented individuals.

The highlight of the ANZPRA Satellite Meeting was that the focus of all the presentations were on the placenta so this provided new insight into current and future projects and in doing so generated lots of new ideas that are now pursuing in current projects and future grant applications.

Did you meet any researchers or collaborators of significance? Why are they important to your work?

At the Satellite Meeting I was able to meet with several placenta researchers and discuss potential collaborations such as discussions with Dr Kaushik Maiti on investigating placental aging in placentas from stillbirths. I also discussed our micronutrients in pregnancy work with Prof Tony Perkins.

At the ESA/SRB/ANZMBS meeting I was able to meet up with Prof Wayne Tilley and discuss some of our previous work in reproductive cancers and in fact we finalised some details about some ongoing and some future publications. Since I am a member of ESA and SRB it was great to catch up with key researchers from both those areas. I also received lots of interest from the SRB poster session and discussions regarding potential future collaborations.

How will the experience support you and your research going forward?

Without this funding attending these conferences would not be possible. The opportunity to attend these key meetings where the researcher leaders in our field will be present is the best way to develop new collaborations and continue to foster current collaborations.

What was the most exciting thing you learned/experienced at the Conference?

One of the most exciting things from the conference was the opportunity to meet researchers I wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to meet and discuss our shared interest and thoughts on the same topic.

What was the most interesting or unexpected moment of your travel?

An unexpected moment of this conference was all the new contacts I made via social media during the conference – connecting with other researchers at ESA/SRB/ANZMBS via twitter and then speaking to them in person later throughout the conference.

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