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Meeting report from the 2nd joint meeting of the SFBD AND JSDB 2010 – “From Cells to Organs”

Posted by on June 13th, 2010

(This was essentially written by Dr. Chris Gordon – see bottom for details, though “Heather” posted it here.) Approximately 320 participants attended the second joint meeting of both the Japanese and French societies for developmental biology at the Institut Pasteur on May 26th to 28th, 2010. Of these, sixty Japanese developmental biologists made the voyage[…]

Research snippets from the Land of the Tiger

Posted by on June 13th, 2010

It is close to three years since my first visit to the ‘Land of the royal kings and gold, tigers, cobras and elephants’ – INCREDIBLE INDIA!! Yes, incredible in every way with its friendly people, deep-rooted culture, heritage and history, natural beauty and scientific accomplishments, the most recent being in the area of space research[…]

BSDB-BSCB Meeting Report Part I

Posted by on June 12th, 2010

The recent joint meeting of the British Societies for Developmental Biology (BSDB) and Cell Biology (BSCB) in Warwick provided an exciting opportunity to catch a glimpse of the future of these two fields. “Old” questions of how cell fates are allocated during development are now being tackled with new technologies and new knowledge of how[…]

Write your next article with your head in a cloud

Posted by on June 12th, 2010

There are many ways to write a collaborative research article, review, grant or conference proposal. One of the most comfortable frameworks when there are more than two of you actually doing the writing, and especially if you’re scattered on different continents, is Google Docs. Documents in progress such as your article text, abstract, cover letter[…]

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[…]