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Student's art strikes a 'cord' with Placenta Clinic staff

Researchers in the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre based at Saint Mary's Hospital played host to local students interested in learning about the centre's work.

The students, from Manchester Health Academy in Wythenshawe, were told about research within the centre's Placenta Clinic looking at fetal growth restriction or FGR, a condition that can lead to complications in childbirth.

Back in the classroom, the pupils were tasked with creating a piece of artwork depicting what they had learned about the work of the clinic during their visit. The artwork was recently put on display in the foyer of St Mary's Hospital for the announcement of the winning picture.

Suzanne Thomas, a research midwife who runs the Placenta Clinic with Dr Ed Johnstone, said: "The students created some fantastic artwork in response to their visit to the clinic.

"The placenta is key to both maternal and fetal health and is the focus of our research and clinical work, so the winning piece of art had to reflect this."

Staff at the clinic voted for a piece of art by Andiswa Moyo, aged 15, which they said was "beautifully drawn" and "portrayed the physiology of the placenta".