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An interview with Kate Storey and Silvia Marino

Posted by on May 27th, 2010

(Originally published in Development) In February 2010, in the beautiful setting of Wiston House, nestled at the foot of the hilly South Downs in Sussex, UK, The Company of Biologists, the not-for-profit organisation that publishes Development, held the inaugural meeting of their new workshop series dedicated to biological research. The meeting was titled ‘Neural Stem[…]

The dish on career choices

Posted by on May 26th, 2010

When we did a survey among attendees of the British Society for Development Biology meeting in April, we asked what topics you would like to discuss on the Node. One of the top answers was careers, so we’ll be sure to include posts about opportunities in developmental biology, and we hope you’ll join us to[…]

March of Dimes award for Shinya Yamanaka

Posted by on May 19th, 2010

Earlier this month, Shinya Yamanaka, of the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease in San Francisco, won the March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology for his groundbreaking work on induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells). Yamanaka was the first to generate iPS cells from somatic cells – first from mouse fibroblasts and later from human[…]

Tips for blogging from meetings

Posted by on May 11th, 2010

At the Node we welcome reports from scientific meetings, but only if the meeting organizers and speakers allow it. I’m currently writing the Node’s guidelines for meeting reports, and then realized I could fill an entire post with additional information and links. Unlike the guidelines, anything in this post is very general advice and not[…]

Cold Spring Harbor Asia Conferences

Posted by on May 5th, 2010

Earlier this year, Cold Spring Harbor Asia opened a new conference centre in Suzhou, China. Located near Shanghai, the conference centre gives the research community in Asia an international conference centre close to home. The Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference centre lobby reflects Chinese design. (Image used with permission) After the opening ceremony on April[…]

An Interview with Steve Wilson

Posted by on April 20th, 2010

(Interview by Kathryn Senior. Originally published in Development) Stephen Wilson is Professor of Developmental Genetics at University College, London, UK. He was recently awarded the Remedios Caro Almela Prize for Research in Developmental Neurobiology. We interviewed Steve to find out about how he started on the road to developmental biology research, how he got interested[…]

BSCB/BSDB Meeting in Warwick

Posted by on April 12th, 2010

From April 12 to 15, the British Societies for Cell Biology and Developmental Biology are holding a joint meeting in Warwick. The program is full of interesting talks: Always two at the same time, making it hard to choose what to listen to. Personally, I’m excited about this event because it is the first time[…]

Neural Stem Cells in Development and Disease Workshop

Posted by on April 5th, 2010

In February 2010, The Company of Biologists (which publishes Development and hosts the Node) organized the first of a series of workshops. The theme of the workshop was “Neural Stem Cells in Development and Disease”, and was attended by a variety of researchers: some work on the role of neural stem cells in development, while[…]

An interview with Olivier Pourquié

Posted by on April 3rd, 2010

(Interview by James Briscoe. Originally published in Development) Olivier Pourquié is the new director of the Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology (IGBMC) in Strasbourg, France, and as of this month takes on another crucially important role in the developmental community — that of Development‘s new Editor in Chief. Recently, we asked James[…]

The world’s hottest researchers

Posted by on April 2nd, 2010

A few weeks ago, Thomson Reuters selected the world’s hottest researchers. Their measurement of “hotness” is how often an author’s recent papers were cited by other researchers during 2009. At the top of the list is Rudolf Jaenisch of MIT, who authored 14 of those “hot papers”. The top institute on the list is the[…]