'Prediction of premature birth from a single blood test?'

Series Name Lunchtime Lectures
Speaker Dr Panayoti Bachkangi
Type Lectures & Talks
When 13 Dec 2013, 12:00PM - 01:00PM
Venue Leicester Adult Education College, 2 Wellington St, Leicester City Centre
Open To Public
Ticket Price Free
For Bookings Contact Duncan Stanley, 0116 229 7644
Premature labour (preterm labour - PTL) is a commonly seen obstetric complaint. It is associated with many health complications to the newborns, in the short-term as well as the long-term, and is the leading cause of death in newborns. The effect, though, is not confined to the baby’s health; it also influences society, as prematurity is accompanied by serious financial cost to the NHS. Most diagnostic and predictive methods focus on diagnoses of PTL barely before or just when the patients begin to display symptoms. This highlights the need to develop an effective test for ‘high risk’ women who display no symptoms of PTL; ideally, the test should be accurate, quick, cheap, reliable and from a blood specimen. In this lecture, Dr Panayoti Bachkangi, a PhD student in the Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine, will describe the identification of some targets for such a blood test, called endocannabinoids. The Lunchtime Lecture series takes place Fridays, 12-1pm at the Leicester Adult Education College, located at 2 Wellington St, near the city end of New Walk. The lectures are delivered by current University of Leicester postgraduates and are open to the public, so there is no need to book, just come along on the day.

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