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Fueling embryology and developing metabolism

Posted by on May 25th, 2016

By Carlos Carmona-Fontaine and Patricia Nunes   Most scientific conferences have become large gatherings where little exchange of ideas can actually occur. There are way too many people to start socializing with folks you don’t know and there are so many talks that the idea of sitting through one on a topic on which you[…]

Transdifferentiation and Tissue Plasticity in Cardiovascular Rejuvenation: a workshop about protein teamwork, regeneration programs and tiny needles

Posted by on April 21st, 2016

It was on the 7th of February of 2016 when 20 leading scientists from all over the world headed to the historic Wiston House in West Sussex, England, to spend four days in focused atmosphere discussing new insights in cardiovascular research: the workshop for Transdifferentiation and Tissue Plasticity in Cardiovascular Rejuvenation. Supported by the Company[…]

2016 Canadian Developmental Biology Conference Report

Posted by on April 17th, 2016

Surrounded by the breathtaking landscape of the Rocky Mountains, hundreds of graduate students and researchers gathered for the 8th biennial Canadian Developmental Biology Conference at the Banff Centre, minutes outside of Banff, Alberta. This four-day conference was filled with a variety of stimulating seminars and poster sessions, reflecting some of the latest advances in the[…]

Growth and regeneration – what’s the common thread?

Posted by on February 2nd, 2016

Last week, I attended the Keystone Symposium “Molecular and cellular basis of growth and regeneration”. This outstanding meeting was the second incarnation of a Keystone meeting on regeneration; the first having been held in 2012 – Development reviewed it here. The expansion in scope of this year’s meeting to encompass both growth and regeneration was,[…]

Workshop “Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance”

Posted by on November 2nd, 2015

At the beginning of October 2015, the workshop “Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance” organized by Edith Heard, Ruth Lehmann and the Company of Biologists took place in Wiston House, West Sussex, United Kingdom. 20 invited speakers, all leading experts in the field, presented their thoughts about transgenerational epigenetic inheritance and their research towards describing and understanding these[…]

Joint Meeting of the Portuguese, Spanish and British Societies for Developmental Biology

Posted by on October 21st, 2015

A portuguese person, a spanish person and an english person meet in a bar… … and start discussing developmental biology. This may sound like the beginning of a joke, but in fact happened during the Joint Meeting of the Portuguese, Spanish and British Societies for Developmental Biology, which took place in Algarve, Portugal, in early[…]

EDRC 2015 Meeting report: “Ich hab mein Herz in Heidelberg verloren”

Posted by on October 8th, 2015

Hundreds of fly researchers from Europe and around the world gathered in the picturesque German city of Heidelberg to attend the European Drosophila Research Conference or EDRC. The local organizers held the meeting at the beautiful historic “Stadthalle”(City Hall) of Heidelberg. I will briefly highlight some of the work that was presented at this meeting,[…]

PLM10: the Physics of Living Matter is coming of age

Posted by on September 27th, 2015

This week, Cambridge (UK) hosted the 10th Symposium on the Physics of Living Matter (PLM10) ( For those of us who were at PLM1, it is surprising to see that what was (and remains) a grass roots organized event, persists. In some ways it is a tribute and an example that a community can be[…]

Meeting Report: Zebrafish Disease Model Conference 8 in Boston

Posted by on September 4th, 2015

I was fortunate to attend the 8th annual Zebrafish Disease Model (ZDM) meeting in Boston (24th Aug-27th Aug) organized by the Zebrafish Disease Models Society (ZDMS). The aim of the meeting was to foster interaction among researchers working in wide array of human diseases such as cancer, muscle disorders, gastrointestinal diseases, cardiovascular, neural disorders and[…]

FASEB Mechanisms in Plant Development Meeting Summary

Posted by on September 3rd, 2015

August 2-7, 2015, Saxtons River, VT Written by: Tonni Anderson, Michelle Facette, Margaret Frank, Cara Haney, Nathanaël Prunet, Michael Raissig, Jose Sebastian, Nidhi Sharma, and Wanpeng Wang   On the first night of 2015 FASEB Mechanisms in Plant Development Meeting, participants gathered at the Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, VT to listen to the Keynote[…]