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DanStem embarks on a strategic partnership with Helmholtz Zentrum München

Posted by on May 23rd, 2018

Translational stem cell research for type 1 diabetes therapy is in prime focus with a new strategic alliance between The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Biology (DanStem) and Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU). Through the establishment of a strong R&D platform for manufacturing of human pluripotent stem cell-derived pancreatic islet cells for future stem[…]

Richard Gardner is the 2018 BSDB Waddington Medal winner

Posted by on April 16th, 2018

The Waddington Medal is the only national Developmental Biology award in the UK. It honours outstanding research performance as well as services to the subject community. The medal is awarded annually at the BSDB Spring Meeting, where the recipient presents the Waddington Medal Lecture. Here we introduce the 2018 winner Richard Gardner who won the[…]

YEN Conference 2018: Abstract submission and registration is open!

Posted by on April 11th, 2018

***Abstract Deadline is Saturday, 14th April!*** Young Embryologist Network Conference 2018 14th May 2018 The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK   This year we are pleased to announce Professor Wolf Reik as our keynote speaker. His research group, based at the Babraham Institute, investigates the roles of epigenetic gene regulation in mammalian development. We are also honoured to[…]

PhD position: Origin and Evolution of Synaptic Proteins at Sars Centre in Bergen, Norway

Posted by on April 10th, 2018

There is a vacancy for a PhD position at the Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology (www.sars.no) in the research group headed by Dr. Pawel Burkhardt. The position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years and is subject to funding on the Sars Centre core budget. The Sars Centre belongs to the University of Bergen and is partner of[…]

James Briscoe announced as Development’s new Editor-in-Chief – Editorial & Interview

Posted by on March 27th, 2018

This editorial and interview appeared in Development, Vol 145 Issue 6   A new Editor-in-Chief for Development Sarah Bray, Kate Storey, Katherine Brown   As many of you will be aware, The Company of Biologists initiated a search last year for a new Editor-in-Chief for Development, after Olivier Pourquié announced his intention to step down[…]

Abcam & the Node meeting reporter competition winner: Zubair Nizamudeen

Posted by on March 20th, 2018

Earlier in the year we and Abcam ran a competition to find a meeting reporter for the upcoming Abcam Adult Neurogenesis meeting to be held in Dresden in May. Today we are delighted to announce the winner: Zubair Nizamudeen, a PhD student in Virginie Sottile’s lab at the Wolfson STEM Centre, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, UK. Zubair’s[…]

What an amazing workshop by Madeline Lancaster, Denis Jabaudon and The Company of Biologists!

Posted by on February 28th, 2018

How do cells give rise to the functional architecture of the brain? This is no longer a neuroscience-only question. Indeed, it is a cellular, genetic, developmental, mechanical, and material problem that requires experts from all of these disciplines working together to understand how the brain works! Yet, from this architectural design perspective, it is very[…]

Introducing preLights: preprint highlights, selected by the biological community

Posted by on February 23rd, 2018

This editorial by Katherine Brown and Olivier Pourquié was published in Development on 22/02/18. We are excited to announce the launch of preLights (https://prelights.biologists.com/), a new service from The Company of Biologists. preLights is a community platform for selecting, highlighting and commenting on recent preprints from across the biological sciences. With this service, we aim to[…]

Genes activated in metastasis also drive the first stages of tumour growth

Posted by on February 19th, 2018

In spite of the difference between the cell functions responsible for giving rise to a tumour and for the metastasis of this same tumour, studies at IRB Barcelona using the fly Drosophila melanogaster reveal that some genes can drive both phenome na.   In cancer research, there has been a tendency to differentiate between the[…]

Nominate BSDB committee members,

Posted by on February 16th, 2018

Sear BSDB Members,   I am writing to ask you to consider nominating individuals for membership of the BSDB committee.   Due to committee retirements, three new individuals are needed to serve as ordinary committee members, beginning in October 2018.   Their term of office will be five years and they will be required to (make every[…]