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Meeting review: BSDB/Anne McLaren Memorial Trust 2016 Autumn Meeting

Posted by on February 10th, 2017

The use of chimaeras to study developmental mechanisms: from lineage tracing to disease models   Under the sponsorship of the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund and The Company of Biologists, the BSDB Autumn meeting organised by Jenny Nichols and Tristan Rodriguez took place in the Pollock Halls at the University of Edinburgh. The topic this[…]

YEN Conference 2017: Registration open now!

Posted by on February 8th, 2017

Young Embryologist Network 9th Annual Conference. 9th May 2017 at the Institute of Child Health, UCL, London. This year, YEN is honoured to have Dr Darren Gilmour from EMBL Heidelberg present the Sammy Lee Memorial Lecture. We are also pleased to host two invited speakers, Dr Karen Liu (King’s College London), and Professor Michael Stumpf (Imperial College London). As well as three abstract-selected talk sessions and a poster[…]

D’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth and Form – 100 Years On and Still Growing!

Posted by on February 7th, 2017

“For the harmony of the world is made manifest in Form and Number, and the heart and soul and all the poetry of Natural Philosophy are embodied in the concept of mathematical beauty.”     D’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth and Form, which celebrates its centenary this year, is one of the key works at the[…]

The First International Hemichordate Meeting: the Birth of a Community

Posted by on January 24th, 2017

Tetsuto Miyashita   Certain scientific meetings have their place in the book of history as a visible shift — or a turning point, if you will — in a particular field. The Cuvier-Geoffroy debate at the French Academy of Sciences in 1830 set the tone for the subsequent two centuries of biology in search for[…]

From Stem Cells to Human Development: video and gallery

Posted by on January 11th, 2017

In September 2016, Development held its second meeting dedicated to human development. You can read about the meeting in a review by April Craft and Matthew Johnson in this week’s issue, and a less formal mini-report on the Node in October.   The Development team also did some filming, asking participants about their views on what made the[…]

The flies of Saint Narcís and other animals (and plants, and bacteria) in Girona

Posted by on November 28th, 2016

In October I travelled to Girona, an old Catalan city surrounded by wooded hills a hundred kilometres north of Barcelona, for the 11th meeting of the Spanish Society for Developmental Biology (SEBD). The meeting was jointly organised with the SEBD’s neighbours, the Portuguese Society for Developmental Biology, and also the Spanish Society for Cell Biology,[…]

Sheffield STORM symposium – 11th Jan 2017

Posted by on November 25th, 2016

We are delighted to invite you to our one-day STORM symposium, which aims to bring together expertise from fields of biology and physics as well as microscope software engineers to discuss the challenge of Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy (STORM). This symposium is aimed at those researchers who are currently using STORM. We aim to provide a platform for[…]

New meeting: Programming and Reprogramming the Brain

Posted by on November 24th, 2016

On April 3-4, 2017 scientists from around Europe will be converging on Munich, Germany for the next meeting in the Abcam Brain meeting series – Programming and Reprogramming the Brain. Organizers, Benedikt Berninger (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz) and Paola Arlotta (Harvard University) have put together a fantastic line up of speakers (see preliminary program).   This[…]

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[…]

Preprints: biomedical science publication in the era of twitter and facebook

Posted by on October 27th, 2016

Earlier this week, I took part in a workshop on preprints – organised by Alfonso Martinez-Arias and held in Cambridge, UK. Inspired by the ASAPbio movement in the States, Alfonso felt it would be useful to bring discussion of the potential value of preprints more to the forefront in the UK. Happily, he was able to[…]