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January 2018: Summer! Beach! New friends and Top Developmental Biologists in course in Chile

Posted by on July 31st, 2017

New fellowships from SDB for students from USA and Canada to attend the International Course on Developmental Biology on January 9-21, 2018 in Quintay Chile. Fellowship for Latin American students will be available as well. Nipam Patel, Alejandro Sanchez-Alvarado, Ray Keller, Claudio Stern, Corinne Huart, Maria Leptin, Andrea Streit, among other will teach, hands-on, the[…]

Stem cell-a-palooza 2017

Posted by on July 27th, 2017

Last month I went to Boston for the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), which was celebrating its 15th birthday. Sally Temple handed over the Presidential reins to Hans Clevers with a reminder of what a remarkable 15 years it had been for the field – induced pluripotent cells (iPSCs), an[…]

Gordon Research Conference- Developmental Biology 25th-30th June, 2017

Posted by on July 9th, 2017

As any early career researcher will know, attending your first big scientific meeting is a memorable event in your academic life. Last week, I was lucky enough to attend the Gordon Research Conference in Developmental Biology, held in sleepy South Hadley, two hours outside Boston, Massachusetts. For anyone who wasn’t local, the two hour drive[…]

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[…]