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The Placenta

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  • Speech-to-text
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What you’ll do

Join physicist Jana Hutter to learn about one of our most poorly understood organs. The placenta is a vital but constantly changing organ that is difficult to study. Hutter has created a new non-invasive tool that enables us to visualise the placenta while it’s still inside the mother’s body and gain new insight into human biology.



Need to know


We’ll be in the Forum. To get there, take the lift or stairs up to level 1 and then follow the signs through the ‘Being Human’ gallery.


This event will be live-transcribed, with text displayed on a large screen.

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About your speaker

Colour photograph of Jana Hutter

Jana Hutter

Jana Hutter is a physicist working at the Centre for the Developing Brain at King’s College London on novel imaging techniques to study babies’ development before and just after birth.