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About: Katherine Brown

I'm the Executive Editor of Development. My job involves working with the academic editors and the in-house team on the content and production of the journal, commissioning and editing review articles, attending conferences and generally keeping up-to-date with the field and the community. In my earlier life I was a developmental biologist working on eye morphogenesis in flies and then fish, before a stint as an editor at The EMBO Journal.

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Nobel Prize 2012

Posted by on October 8th, 2012

As you’ve almost certainly heard, this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to Professor Sir John Gurdon and Professor Shinya Yamanaka. This is thoroughly deserved recognition for groundbreaking work that not only provided revolutionary insights into the nature and plasticity of the genetic material inside each cell, but has also opened[…]

Mike Gaze (1925-2012)

Posted by on October 1st, 2012

We recently learned that Mike Gaze passed away last month. In addition to running a research group working on the development of the visual system in Xenopus and heading up the NIMR‘s Division of Developmental Biology for many years, Mike was Editor of The Journal of Embryology and Experimental Morphology in the ’70s and ’80s,[…]

World Cell Race

Posted by on September 12th, 2012

The Olympics and the Paralympics may be over, but there’s still time for sporting success this year, albeit on a rather smaller scale. The 2012 World Cell Race is on. Over the last year or so, I’ve heard both Matthieu Piel and Manuel Thery talk about the 2011 version of the race, and this morning I[…]

Development: Past, Present and Future

Posted by on August 29th, 2012

    To celebrate our 25th Anniversary (see here for some memories of the last quarter century of the journal), and to look forward to the next 25 years, Development is hosting a one day symposium in Cambridge on October 25th 2012. We’ve got a great line-up of speakers, and we’ll also be holding a[…]

Santa Cruz Developmental Biology Meeting

Posted by on August 15th, 2012

I’ve just returned from this year’s Santa Cruz Developmental Biology meeting. Some of you may have seen the tweets I was sending out from there (see Storify for the collected set), but a combination of limited ability to multitask and limited laptop battery life meant I didn’t cover all the talks. So to add to[…]

Evolutionary crossroads in development

Posted by on July 11th, 2012

The following editorial by Nipam Patel appears in Development issue 139(15). The corresponding Featured Topic on Evolutionary Crossroads in Developmental Biology includes all the primer articles mentioned and linked in the editorial.   Currently, most developmental biologists work on one or more of a relatively small number of experimental systems, such as Arabidopsis thaliana, Drosophila[…]

Publishing ‘dirty’ data

Posted by on May 22nd, 2012

How much does it matter that the images we publish are neat and tidy? It’s a question I’ve been dealing with over the past couple of weeks, and I wanted to share some thoughts. Here at Development, as at many journals, we check all figures before publication to try and identify potentially inappropriate image manipulation.[…]

25 years of Development

Posted by on May 8th, 2012

(The following editorials all appear in Development vol. 139, issue 11. Image: the very first Development cover from 1987, with images from a paper by Jim Smith, our second Editor in Chief )   25 years of Development – by Katherine Brown, Executive Editor When I arrived at Development in late 2011, I realised that[…]

BSDB 2012

Posted by on April 12th, 2012

It’s been a crazy few months of travel for me, with conferences so far in Slovenia, Barcelona and Colorado. But while Coventry may not match these destinations for exoticism or glamour, I’m really looking forward to the upcoming BSDB meeting, starting on Sunday at Warwick University. It’s got a fantastic line-up of speakers, and it’ll[…]

Stem cells on the Slovenian slopes

Posted by on February 6th, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, around 70 stem cell scientists gathered in the beautiful ski resort of Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, for the sixth meeting organised by the European Stem Cell consortium EuroSyStem. Although the snow wasn’t up to much (as the photo proves – just take a look at the opposite side of the valley!),[…]