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YEN Conference 2017: Registration open now!

Posted by on February 8th, 2017

Young Embryologist Network 9th Annual Conference. 9th May 2017 at the Institute of Child Health, UCL, London. This year, YEN is honoured to have Dr Darren Gilmour from EMBL Heidelberg present the Sammy Lee Memorial Lecture. We are also pleased to host two invited speakers, Dr Karen Liu (King’s College London), and Professor Michael Stumpf (Imperial College London). As well as three abstract-selected talk sessions and a poster[…]

BSCB BSDB Joint Spring Meeting Report

Posted by on July 28th, 2016

The BSDB had its joint Spring Meeting with the BSCB earlier this year in April (10th -13th). It was my first time at the Meeting, which had been enthusiastically sold to me as “a good one, a fun one – they have a pub quiz!” and although I had been ‘sent to Coventry’, I have[…]

I left my frog in San Francisco:

The 15th International Xenopus Conference

Asilomar CA, 2014

Posted by on September 22nd, 2014

Every two years, the international Xenopus community gathers to meet. Two years ago I wrote about the meeting in Toulon, France and this time we crossed the pond to Asilomar, CA, just south of San Francisco. Cat Vicente recently wrote about Asilomar in the context of conference venues whilst attending the Genetics Society of America[…]

What is your favourite conference venue?

Posted by on September 10th, 2014

  Last month I was lucky enough to attend the Xenopus meeting, which took place at the Asilomar conference grounds, close to Monterey, California. This meeting was fantastic, combining great science with a great venue. As there is already someone lined up to write about the scientific aspects of the meeting, I thought I would focus here instead on the[…]

Evolution of the First Nervous Systems II

Posted by on November 29th, 2013

What is the earliest Phylum of metazoans to possess what we would recognize as a nervous system? Did earlier organisms have all the components of a nervous system in the absence of what we would recognize as neurons? What is a neuron? Did nervous systems evolve independently more than once? Where were all the molecular[…]

Meeting deadlines for your calendar

Posted by on October 24th, 2013

The next few months will see several interesting meetings, and deadlines are approaching. Here are some dates for your diary:   Registrations still available: – The joint meeting of the French Society for Developmental Biology and the French Society for Genetics will take place in Avignon from the 12th to the 15th of November, and[…]

Fish, pharma & flamenco: highlights of the 6th Zebrafish Disease Models workshop

Posted by on July 24th, 2013

Set against a beautiful backdrop of baroque architecture and cobbled streets in Murcia, Spain, the 6th Zebrafish Disease Models workshop (ZDM6) kicked off with an awe-inspiring keynote talk on developing therapeutics using zebrafish, given by Leonard Zon. Regaling the audience with the stories behind two approaches that have shown concrete clinical promise since their discovery[…]

My first encounter with the fish community

Posted by on July 15th, 2013

I was really looking forward to attending the European Zebrafish Meeting. The fact that it took place in the amazing Barcelona was, of course, a bonus point, but the main reason why I was looking forward to it was that it was a fish conference. Before I was the Node community manager, I was a Drosophila[…]

The Node at the Zebrafish meeting in Barcelona

Posted by on July 5th, 2013

Next week will see the 8th european zebrafish meeting happening in Barcelona, Spain. The Node will be there, and (if there is internet available) we will be tweeting from the conference using the hashtag #ezfish2013. So follow us on Twitter to find out what is happening! In addition, we have a group of Node zebrafish[…]

BSDB/BSCB Spring Meeting 2013 – Report Part 2: Science!

Posted by on April 11th, 2013

In this second part of my BSDB/BSCB spring meeting report, I will attempt to paint a picture of the scientific content of the conference in broad brush strokes. I have grouped talks into overarching topics and will highlight some of my favourites in each category.   Epigenetics It is only on rare occasions that a[…]