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Advocacy for Developmental Biology

Posted by on November 30th, 2016

To promote Developmental Biology, we should have our elevator pitches ready at all times – whenever there is an opportunity to talk about our discipline – be it to the public, students, fellow scientists or policy makers. This is a first attempt at providing a concise rationale and ideas that can be woven into such[…]

eLearning at eMouseAtlas

Posted by on November 24th, 2016

A new eLearning resource that provides short and interactive vignettes in embryo (primarily vertebrate) development, from gametogenesis through to organogenesis, is available from the eMouseAtlas1,2 website (www.emouseatlas.org). The current eLearning content are the tutorials produced by Professor José García Monterde of the University of Córdoba, and the presentation from collaboration between Professor Monterde and the[…]

The Biology of Regenerative Medicine – registration opening soon

Posted by on November 16th, 2016

The aim of the third conference in this series is to understand the biology that underpins the success or failure of regenerative processes. We will explore the relationship between stem cell biology and regenerative biology so that both can be fully exploited to treat disease. This meeting will bring together scientists and clinicians interested in[…]

#BarBarPlots!

Posted by on August 31st, 2016

(or: how to avoid misleading representations of statistical data)   Recently, a kickstarter project raised more than 3000€ in one month to campaign for banning the wrong usage of bar plots in scientific journals. This demonstrates two important points: a lot of the plots in scientific journals are quite misleading, and, a growing number of[…]

Exciting news on neural stem cell niches: stunning research from Fiona Doetsch’s lab

Posted by on August 26th, 2016

http://www.cell.com/cell-stem-cell/fulltext/S1934-5909(16)30163-1 Sense & Sensibility: niche signals regulate neural stem cells in an age-dependent manner paper feature by Thomas Schwarz-Romond Tissue specific stem cell niches provide lifelong support for adult stem cells. The cell-biological dissection of (adult neural) stem cell – niche interactions uncovered unexpected regulatory functions. These new results imply that stem cell niches actively[…]

Free webinar | Single-cell RNA-seq and cell heterogeneity in the central nervous system

Posted by on August 17th, 2016

Register here: http://bit.ly/single_cell_rna_seq_webinar  Interested in understanding RNA-seq and its application to the study of oligodendrocyte heterogeneity? Join Dr Gonçalo Castelo-Branco and Dr Amit Zeisel, of the the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysicsat the Karolinska Institutet, as they discuss the latest developments in single cell RNA-seq. Topics covered will include Technology development, applications, and challenges Investigation of[…]

MBL Embryology Course 2016

Posted by on August 1st, 2016

“My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.” L. Carroll ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’   We write this while we finish the last experiments for the final Show n’ Tell on[…]

Life’s symphony: a fusion of art and science to display the beauty of development

Posted by on July 26th, 2016

Mark Hintze and Diana Gradinaru introduce their collaborative animation about the wonders of developmental biology.   How are you built?  How do you become the shape and form that you are? How are your arms the same length?  These questions and many others lead me to study for a PhD in developmental biology. Yet, during my PhD I[…]

“People in this country have had enough of experts”

Posted by on July 2nd, 2016

I woke up this morning to a Facebook reminder of where I was 5 years ago. I was in Lille, France, on a 2 month sabbatical at Université Lille 1 from my PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK. It was supported by an EU collaborative grant to promote scientific interaction between member states.  […]

Developing Future Biologists 2016: Discovering the new generation of scientists!

Posted by on June 22nd, 2016

Developing Future Biologists (DFB) is a student-led organization at University of Michigan dedicated to ensure that the next generation of biologists regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status have the opportunity to learn the core concepts of developmental biology. During the last week of May, DFB held its 2nd successful week-long short course aiming to inform students[…]