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European Advanced School for Mouse Phenogenomics – pushing the boundaries of mouse genetics

Posted by on July 24th, 2015

The laboratory mouse has been a popular model in mammalian biology for obvious reasons and it has contributed to a number of landmark discoveries in biomedical research. Despite this, few courses and summer schools – which train future leaders in this field – focus on mouse genetics. Phenomin, a large-scale French national infrastructure for biology[…]

Adult Neurogenesis at 50: the Dresden chronicles

Posted by on July 21st, 2015

The 4th meeting in the Abcam Adult Neurogenesis conference series was held in the beautiful city of Dresden earlier this year. The conference’s aim was to put the developmental process of adult neurogenesis and its regulation into the wider context of its functional and presumed evolutionary relevance. Reporting from the meeting was our roving reporter, Nambirajan[…]

Resources for Developmental Biologists

Posted by on July 16th, 2015

At last week’s SDB Meeting in Utah, I attended the ‘Imaging Workshop’, which was designed to give attendees an overview of some of the imaging-based resources available to the community, and then to facilitate a free discussion among participants about the challenges – and their potential solutions – in the developmental biology imaging field. Several[…]

Between Genetics and Physics

Posted by on July 15th, 2015

The predominant approach to studying development is based on genetics. In fact, some have gone so far as to argue that many researchers approach the whole problem of development as “the interplay of cell-cell signaling and transcriptional regulation” (Gerhart 2015). However, in recent years there has been increasing recognition of approaches to understanding development that[…]

2015 Gordon Conference – Developmental Biology

Posted by on July 14th, 2015

The Developmental Biology Gordon Conference is held every two years and this year it was held in the picturesque Mount Holyoke, MA, USA. This conference’s mission is to bring together people from research institutions all across the globe who are studying developmental biology which lies at the cross roads of all the Life Science, integrating[…]

Woods Hole Embryology 2015 (#embryo2015)

Posted by on June 29th, 2015

Elena Boer, Shun Sogabe and Joe Hanly are currently attending the MBL Embryology course in Woods Hole MA. 2015 marks the 122nd year of the Woods Hole Embryology course. This program has a long and prestigious history, as exemplified by the long list of alumni who grace the the wall of class photos in the[…]

Livers in development: YEN USA June Meeting

Posted by on June 28th, 2015

Frontal section image of mouse embryo with liver marker showing two different liver precursor populations invading and migrating into two different liver lobes (Siyeon Rhee). Continuing the effort to bring young developmental biology researchers in the Boston area together, in a similar vein to the Young Embryologist Network in the UK, and following on from our previous[…]

High school students blog about StemCellTalks

Posted by on June 27th, 2015

StemCellTalks is a Canadian high school outreach initiative that has been running in 7 Canadian cities since 2010. This symposium was established to facilitate knowledge transfer between academia and high school students pertaining to the science and practical ethics of stem cells. To date, over 500 graduate student and trainee volunteers have reached over 5000[…]

8th International Meeting of the LASDB

Posted by on June 25th, 2015

Join us for the 8th International Conference of the Latin American Society for Developmental Biology in the Port of Santos, SP, Brazil (October 20th-23rd). We have a great line-up of speakers, a Genomic Editing and Analyses workshop, and a Comparative Embryology of Marine Invertebrate satellite course. Abstract submission deadline is June 30th!!!  For more information[…]

Signalling 2015 conference: abstract deadline fast approaching

Posted by on June 23rd, 2015

Signalling 2015: Cellular Functions of Phosphoinositides and Inositol Phosphates 1—4 September 2015 Robinson College, Cambridge, UK Join the Biochemical Society and FEBS in Robinson College, Cambridge, this September for the Signalling 2015: Cellular Functions of Phosphoinositides and Inositol Phosphates conference. This meeting will bring together world-leading and early career scientists to discuss the latest research into the[…]