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BSDB Autumn Meeting

Posted by on October 18th, 2016

The 2016 BSDB Autumn meeting under the topic of ‘chimaeras and their use in studying  developmental processes and disease models’ was organised by Jenny Nichols and Tristan Rodriguez. It took place on 28-30 August in The Pollock Halls at the University of Edinburgh and was sponsored by the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund and The[…]

From Stem Cells to Human Development, Southbridge, 2016. Mini report.

Posted by on October 12th, 2016

Two years ago, Development held a meeting on the emerging field of stem cells and human development. In announcing the meeting, the organisers described a knowledge gap:   “Strikingly, although we understand intimate details of the development of a broad range of vertebrate and invertebrate species, we know almost nothing about the development of the[…]

Dolly @ 20: My day at the symposium marking her legacy

Posted by on September 23rd, 2016

The 5th of July 1996 marked the birth of the world’s most famous sheep, Dolly. A scientific revelation, she was the first mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell through nuclear transfer. Earlier this month, scientists from far and wide gathered at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh for a special one-day symposium dedicated[…]

The culture of research and the future of the science system

Posted by on September 22nd, 2016

On Monday, September 19th, a group of early career researchers from across the UK and across the sciences gathered at the Royal Society in London to discuss the future of research at a one day conference. As the Node’s Community Manager, I was lucky enough to be allowed to join in. I’ve only recently left research, and[…]

SDB-ISD 2016 Meeting Report

Posted by on August 18th, 2016

The joint meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology and the International Society for Differentiation was held in Boston between August 4th and 8th. It was a meeting of firsts for me: first meeting representing the Node, first time at the SDB (having regularly enjoyed the Brit version, I was looking forward to hearing the[…]

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

Posted by on August 17th, 2016

Register here:  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[…]

BSCB BSDB Joint Spring Meeting Report

Posted by on July 28th, 2016

The BSDB had its joint Spring Meeting with the BSCB earlier this year in April (10th -13th). It was my first time at the Meeting, which had been enthusiastically sold to me as “a good one, a fun one – they have a pub quiz!” and although I had been ‘sent to Coventry’, I have[…]

Stem Cell & Higher-Order Chromatin Structure: Official meeting reporter wanted

Posted by on July 13th, 2016

Stem cells have the unique properties of both self renewal and differentiation into various lineages. In the last few years, chromatin architecture and noncoding RNAs are emerging as major players in both gene regulation and stem cell differentiation. This November, Abcam is hosting a conference in Sicily to promote this exciting field, and has teamed up with the[…]

YEN does it again

Posted by on June 29th, 2016

Last month saw the return of the Young Embryologist Network annual meeting held this year at the UCL Institute of Child Health. To settle into the long weekend, a number of us from the Briscoe Lab at the Crick Mill Hill site headed on down to central London to spend the day being inspired by[…]

YEN 2016 review

Posted by on June 26th, 2016

My informal review of YEN this year is by necessity a bit rushed but, for what it is, here it is. Most reviews are very short and pithy/jealous and only exist for some of the talks where, for a combination of good and bad reasons, I paid attention (I have tried to make this review[…]