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Vote for a Development cover from the Quintay International Course on Developmental Biology

Posted by on May 23rd, 2018

In January, students from across the Americas gathered in Chile to participate in the International Course on Developmental Biology, an EMBO Practical Course held at the Marine Biology Station of Quintay (CIMARQ). In the course of two weeks of intensive training  (you can read a wonderful summary of the meeting from the students in this[…]

The people behind the papers – Cathy Pichol-Thievend, Natasha Harvey & Mathias Francois

Posted by on May 22nd, 2018

The vertebrate lymphatic vascular network provides crucial circulatory and immune functions but its developmental origin has been a contentious issue, in particular the question of whether lymphatic endothelial cells have an exclusively venous origin. A new paper in Development addresses this issue in the dermis of the mouse embryo. To find out more about the[…]

From basic questions to exciting findings

Posted by on May 21st, 2018

In this post we report the backstories behind our recently published paper. It was an enjoyable research adventure driven by discussions, readings, exciting experiments and unexpected discoveries. As a result, we described a novel molecular mechanism underpinning stem cell and progenitor maintenance during development. Here is the sequence of the main events that inspired us[…]

The people behind the papers – Samira Benhamouche-Trouillet, Evan O’Loughlin & Andrea McClatchey

Posted by on May 21st, 2018

Intrahepatic bile ducts (IHBDs) are epithelial tubular structures that transport bile from the liver to the intestine, but the molecules and mechanisms controlling IHBD morphogenesis have remained largely unclear. A a recent paper in Development reports an investigation into IHBD development and the role the tumour suppressor and cytoskeletal regulator Merlin plays in the process. We caught[…]

Announcing Visegrad Group Society for Developmental Biology (V4SDB) Inaugural Meeting – Registration now open!

Posted by on May 17th, 2018

  Registration for the Inaugural Meeting of the Visegrad Group Society for Developmental Biology is now open!   When? – 7th-9th September 2018 (free student specific events beginning 6th September) Where? Brno, Czech Republic (Masaryk University) Speakers: Angela Nieto, Petra Hajkova, Jeremy Green, Marie-Helene Verlhac, Andrei Chagin & Pavel Tomancak Further details and registration here: https://webcentrum.muni.cz/visegrad2018  Download[…]

A deep look into the BSDB Archive reveals 70 years of our society’s and discipline’s history

Posted by on May 17th, 2018

This year is the 70th anniversary of the BSDB – an obvious occasion to look back at the society’s history. As the BSDB’s communications officer I felt a need to become proactive and started, a good three years ago, to investigate the society’s past – only to find a rather blank sheet, with the laudable[…]

Get to know the new BSDB committee members

Posted by on May 16th, 2018

At the last AGM, held at the 2018 Spring Meeting in Warwick, five new BSDB committee members were elected to take term in autumn. They will replace the five leaving members: our Graduate Representative Alexandra Ashcroft, Postdoc Representative Michelle Ware, Secretary Kim Dale, Meetings Officer Josh Brickman, and Communications Officer Andreas Prokop (see a complete[…]

A bumpy – emotional – ride towards a PhD

Posted by on May 16th, 2018

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re sharing this blog post on the MRC WIMM blog from Gregorio Dias, who describes his experiences with stress and anxiety as a PhD student. If you’ve faced similar issues and want to share them with the community, just get in touch.   Working towards a PhD is an exciting, albeit[…]

From stem cells to human development: meeting reporter competition

Posted by on May 15th, 2018

***DEADLINE IS TODAY – MAY 15!***   In September, Development is hosting the third of its highly successful series of meetings focusing on human developmental biology. Held in the Wotton House estate near Dorking in Surrey and organised by Paola Arlotta, Ali Brivanlou, Olivier Pourquié and Jason Spence, the meeting will cover the latest developments and future[…]