A Placentifesto: Maternal Ecology and Fetal Programming Among Primates

Saturday, 15 February 2014
Regency C (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
Julienne Rutherford , University of Illinois, Chicago, Chicago, IL
The primate placenta serves as the biological bridge between mother and fetus. Cues about the immediate maternal ecology as well as her historic experience are conveyed by the placenta via many anatomical and physiological paths.  The placenta is thus ground zero for shaping the health of young during infancy, adulthood, and inter-generationally to subsequent offspring. My particular focus will be on bridging a female primate’s experience in utero and the in utero experience she provides her developing daughter in a “Womb to Womb” framework of developmental programming.  This discussion is based on my work in two primate species: common marmoset monkeys and humans.