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An interview with Patrick Tam

Posted by on November 25th, 2010

(This interview by Kathryn Senior originally appeared in Development on November 23, 2010) Patrick Tam’s research is focused on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of body patterning during mouse development. He agreed to be interviewed by Development to talk about his interest in mouse development, new concepts in gastrulation, X-linked diseases and his dream of[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 137, Issue 24)

Posted by on November 23rd, 2010

Pak1-ing a punch in lumen formation The generation and maintenance of correct lumen size and shape is essential for the function of tubular organs. Now, Monn Monn Myat and co-workers report that p21-activated kinase (Pak1) plays a novel role during lumen formation in Drosophila embryonic salivary glands (see p. 4177). The researchers show that Pak1[…]

V International Meeting of the LASDB

Posted by on November 20th, 2010

Being at the end of the planet Earth and organizing an international meeting is not easy. Even harder is to prepare and hold a course intended for an international audience. But the organizing committee of the Fifth International Meeting of the Latin American Society for Developmental Biology, together with the Society for Developmental Biology, managed[…]

A win for Developmental Biology in Japan

Posted by on November 19th, 2010

Science is held pretty highly in Japan. The country has produced 15 Nobel Prize winners in the science disciplines, including two in the field of chemistry this year. But perhaps a little less in the international press’ limelight is Dr. Yoshiki Sasai, winner of the Osaka Science Prize. This honor is like the Japanese version[…]

3rd Latin America Course in ES cells and Development

Posted by on November 19th, 2010

The 3rd Latin America Course on ES cells and Development will be in Cuernavaca, Mexico. It provides extensive hands-on experience and an incredible line-up of speakers. The course can take up to 8 UK PhD students, post-docs, or young investigators, and it is fully funded. Please visit: http://www.escellslatinamerica.org/ (No Ratings Yet) Loading…

SDB at the USA Science and Engineering Festival

Posted by on November 18th, 2010

The Society for Developmental Biology participated in the first USA Science and Engineering Festival held October 10-24, 2010 in Washington, DC.  SDB sponsored four separate events throughout the festival in an effort to share the field of developmental biology with the community.  This included a teacher workshop based on the BioEYES K-12 science education program,[…]

2010 Gairdner Awards

Posted by on November 17th, 2010

The Gairdner Awards is Canada’s foremost international award, recognizing medical researchers for their work which has contributed significantly to improving quality of life.  There are five awardees each year and 76 of the 298 Gairdner awardees to date have gone on to win the Nobel Prize. Lectures celebrating scientific excellence in medical research take place[…]

Rock Stars of Science

Posted by on November 17th, 2010

Glamour, fame, red carpets, flashing lights. It’s not what you usually get as a top scientist, but why not? Why should overnight reality TV stars get more attention than people who spent years researching how the world works? This lack of attention to the important role of scientists was a driving force behind the second[…]

Cell death – the video

Posted by on November 12th, 2010

Cold Spring Harbor has just published a new book on cell death by Doug Green, a larger-than-life character who will be familiar to anyone who’s ever been to an apoptosis conference. In this video, Doug talks about the apoptosis machinery and explains why cell death is critical during development. (No Ratings Yet) Loading…

Student associations

Posted by on November 11th, 2010

I’m Nish, a 3rd year PhD student in Kate Storey’s lab at the University of Dundee. Over the past year, I’ve been involved in running PiCLS, the PhD association here at the College of Life Sciences in Dundee. Unfortunate acronyms aside, it has the most interesting year of my PhD so far. I thought I’d[…]