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ISSCR 9th Annual Meeting (Toronto, June 2011) – Day 3: Friday 17th

Posted by on July 15th, 2011

Welcome to my report from the 9th Annual ISSCR Meeting in Toronto, 2011. This is  part three, covering the events of day three of the conference (Friday); you can read the coverage from day one here and day two here. Day 3 – Friday 17th June Starting off the day and the ‘Reprogramming and Fate[…]

ISSCR 9th Annual Meeting (Toronto, June 2011) – Day 2: Thursday 16th

Posted by on July 15th, 2011

Welcome to my report from the 9th Annual ISSCR Meeting in Toronto, 2011. This is  part two, covering the events of day two (Thursday) of the conference, you can see part one here. Day 2 – Thursday 16th June Arriving late at the first plenary of the day, “Tissue Stem Cell Origins”, I managed to[…]

ISSCR 9th Annual Meeting (Toronto, June 2011) – Day 1: Wednesday 15th

Posted by on July 15th, 2011

Attendence from over 3,800 delegates, around 140 speakers, and 1,500 posters on display over four days, in the wonderful city of Toronto:  the 9th Annual Meeting of the International Society For Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) was always going to be a great conference, and we certainly weren’t disappointed. The quality of the research presented was[…]

SciArt image exhibition on “The Physics of Life”

Posted by on July 14th, 2011

  Last May the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (Oeiras, Portugal) hosted the EMBO Workshop on Biophysical Mechanisms of Development (EMBO BMD 2011). As one of the organizers my main mission was to put together a Science and Art contest and exhibition, related with the workshop theme, which we entitled “The Physics of Life”. We were particularly interested in work[…]

Sperm stem cells and that trusty old friend Wnt

Posted by on July 14th, 2011

Sperm stem cells have a lot riding on their success.  Not only must they produce the actual sperm, but they must maintain a life-long supply.  So, the self-renewal of spermatogonial stem cells is a finely-tuned talent of these stem cells.  A recent paper in the Journal of Cell Science describes the role of Wnt signaling[…]

Job posting: Executive Editor for the journal Development

Posted by on July 13th, 2011

We’d like to draw your attention to one of the current job postings, even if you don’t normally look at the job ads page. After 8 very successful years with Development, Dr. Jane Alfred has decided to leave her position as Executive Editor. If you have editorial experience and are looking for a challenging role[…]

Executive Editor for the journal Development

Posted by on July 13th, 2011

(Based in Cambridge, UK) After 8 very successful years with Development, Dr. Jane Alfred has decided to leave her position as Executive Editor. If you have editorial experience and are looking for a challenging role on a prestigious journal this position may be of interest to you. Applications are sought for the role of Executive[…]

Muscular forces shape bone circumference

Posted by on July 13th, 2011

The massive cow femur I keep on a shelf right in front of me in my office clearly demonstrates that the shaft of a long bone is anything but a straight, smooth, symmetric tube. It is unevenly flattened and covered with ridges and grooves, bulges and depressions. This extremely intricate topography matches perfectly with adjacent[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 138, Issue 15)

Posted by on July 12th, 2011

Here are the research highlights from the current issue of Development: BMP signalling rolls up in the neural tube During neurulation, polarised cell-shape changes at hinge points – specialised regions of the neural plate – help convert the neural plate into a tube. But how are these cell-shape changes regulated? To answer this question, Seema[…]

Wellcome PhD – Lab 2: Tea at the poles

Posted by on July 12th, 2011

This is my personal report on the second of three laboratory projects which I have undertaken during the rotation year of my 4-year Wellcome Trust PhD. I studied how yeast come in more shapes and sizes than you might have imagined. How do cells know which way is up? This is one of the most[…]