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A call for abstracts: BMP Signalling in Cancer conference

Posted by on November 25th, 2015

15—17 March 2016 St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, UK   The aim of this Biochemical Society focused meeting is to explore the mechanisms of BMP signal transduction and regulation of signalling, and discuss how genetic and epigenetic alterations result in aberrant signalling and how this leads to cancer. The BMP signalling pathway is a key therapeutic[…]

Workshop “Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance”

Posted by on November 2nd, 2015

At the beginning of October 2015, the workshop “Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance” organized by Edith Heard, Ruth Lehmann and the Company of Biologists took place in Wiston House, West Sussex, United Kingdom. 20 invited speakers, all leading experts in the field, presented their thoughts about transgenerational epigenetic inheritance and their research towards describing and understanding these[…]

Joint Meeting of the Portuguese, Spanish and British Societies for Developmental Biology

Posted by on October 21st, 2015

A portuguese person, a spanish person and an english person meet in a bar… … and start discussing developmental biology. This may sound like the beginning of a joke, but in fact happened during the Joint Meeting of the Portuguese, Spanish and British Societies for Developmental Biology, which took place in Algarve, Portugal, in early[…]

2016 Workshop – Tissue mechanics in morphogenesis: Focus on theoretical modeling – May 9-13, 2016, Paris

Posted by on October 9th, 2015

We are happy to announce the forthcoming workshop on « Tissue mechanics in morphogenesis: Focus on theoretical modeling ». This is an informal workshop open to anyone, theorist or experimentalist, who is developing or is using theoretical models to understand tissue mechanics during morphogenesis. How tissues acquire and maintain their shape is a crucial question[…]

EDRC 2015 Meeting report: “Ich hab mein Herz in Heidelberg verloren”

Posted by on October 8th, 2015

Hundreds of fly researchers from Europe and around the world gathered in the picturesque German city of Heidelberg to attend the European Drosophila Research Conference or EDRC. The local organizers held the meeting at the beautiful historic “Stadthalle”(City Hall) of Heidelberg. I will briefly highlight some of the work that was presented at this meeting,[…]

Upcoming Free Webinars sponsored by Abcam

Posted by on October 1st, 2015

Save the Dates!   Abcam is pleased to announce that our November calendar of free live webinars, presented by expert guest speakers, is now LIVE! Register for a webinar (or three!) today and come prepared with your questions for the live Q&A session at the end of every webinar. Can’t attend the live webinar? Not a[…]

PLM10: the Physics of Living Matter is coming of age

Posted by on September 27th, 2015

This week, Cambridge (UK) hosted the 10th Symposium on the Physics of Living Matter (PLM10) ( For those of us who were at PLM1, it is surprising to see that what was (and remains) a grass roots organized event, persists. In some ways it is a tribute and an example that a community can be[…]

Meeting Report: Zebrafish Disease Model Conference 8 in Boston

Posted by on September 4th, 2015

I was fortunate to attend the 8th annual Zebrafish Disease Model (ZDM) meeting in Boston (24th Aug-27th Aug) organized by the Zebrafish Disease Models Society (ZDMS). The aim of the meeting was to foster interaction among researchers working in wide array of human diseases such as cancer, muscle disorders, gastrointestinal diseases, cardiovascular, neural disorders and[…]

FASEB Mechanisms in Plant Development Meeting Summary

Posted by on September 3rd, 2015

August 2-7, 2015, Saxtons River, VT Written by: Tonni Anderson, Michelle Facette, Margaret Frank, Cara Haney, Nathanaël Prunet, Michael Raissig, Jose Sebastian, Nidhi Sharma, and Wanpeng Wang   On the first night of 2015 FASEB Mechanisms in Plant Development Meeting, participants gathered at the Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, VT to listen to the Keynote[…]

Special Fellowships for Masters and 1st year PhD students to participate at joint BSDB/SPBD/SEBD Meeting

Posted by on September 2nd, 2015

Great success, at least 25 Masters and PhD students applied to these fellowships.   We want to encourage the participation at our meeting ( of the future generation of developmental biologists, and found some extra funding that allows us to offer up to 10 fellowships to Masters students (with lab experience already) and 1st year[…]