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Meeting Report – The 4th Young Embryologist Meeting

Posted by on June 23rd, 2012

The Young Embryologist Network (or YEN for short) held its fourth annual meeting this year on the 1st June. The conference began as a small afternoon gathering in a lecture room at UCL, but over the years it has now become a fully catered day-long event, this year filling a huge lecture theatre at the[…]

Hope Beyond Hype: A graphic story of stem cells from discovery to therapy

Posted by on June 22nd, 2012

  “The strangest discoveries can end up saving lives… like the discovery that skin could be grown in a dish”; so starts an inventive 16 page graphic story that tells a story of stem cells from lab bench discoveries to working therapy.  The graphic story, Hope Beyond Hype, grew from the desire of OptiStem, a[…]

The Emperor at ISSCR

Posted by on June 21st, 2012

Friday at the ISSCR began with a session on the epigenetics of stem cells chaired by a familiar face; Sir Ian Wilmut, of Dolly the sheep fame. These talks focused on how our understanding of epigenetics has developed and also looked in depth at some of the underlying mechanisms that are potentially responsible for their[…]

Reminder: Essay Competition

Posted by on June 20th, 2012

Less than two weeks to go until the deadline for our essay competition! How is it going? Have you finished your first draft? If you haven’t started yet, you still have time to finish an essay about the future of developmental biology before the July 2nd deadline. Good luck! Here’s all the information from the[…]

Ribbon worm wins cover competition

Posted by on June 20th, 2012

The winner of the last round of cover image voting is this widefield image of a pilidium larvae of the Nemertean ribbon worm, Cerebratulus lacteus. The image was taken by Joseph Campanale, Aracely Lutes, and Stephanie Majkut of the Woods Hole Embryology class of 2011. Congratulations! Runners-up: Slipper limpet by Juliette Petersen and Rachel K.[…]

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position at Cincinnati Childrens

Posted by on June 20th, 2012

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available shortly at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the Stottmann lab in the Divisions of Human Genetics and Developmental Biology.  Our interests are in the genetic basis of congenital malformations affecting the forebrain and craniofacial structures. Projects involve identifying novel genes through a forward genetic approach as[…]

Chick Meeting – Registration now open

Posted by on June 20th, 2012

Registration for the Seventh International Chick meeting, ‘Chick 7: Avian Model Systems’, to be held in Nagoya, Japan in November 2012, is now open. Please visit the chick meeting homepage , to register. A small fee (15,000yen/10,000yen for students) will be charged which will include the mixers, lunches and the closing party. We are also[…]

Fast times at MBL

Posted by on June 19th, 2012

Sitting down to write this reflection, it struck me that I couldn’t believe it has really been two weeks since I arrived in the quiet town of Woods Hole, MA for the Embryology course at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). Time has become an abstract concept for my fellow students and me; it seems like[…]

Two post-doc positions to investigate wound repair and inflammation in Drosophila

Posted by on June 19th, 2012

We are pleased to announce a call for applications for two MRC-funded postdoctoral researcher positions to investigate mechanisms of wound healing and inflammation in Drosophila embryos.  These positions in the labs of Paul Martin (Bristol, UK) and Will Wood (Bath, UK) will complement one another using fly genetics and live imaging opportunities to analyse fundamental[…]

Is the end of EU embryonic stem cell funding nigh?

Posted by on June 18th, 2012

Patient associations and leading research funders have called on the European Parliament to continue EU funding for embryonic stem cell research. The Wellcome Trust issued the group’s joint statement last Friday 15th June, ahead of parliamentary debates this week in which MEPs will discuss the EU’s next major research and innovation funding programme, ‘Horizon 2020’.[…]