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This month on the Node – September 2011

Posted by on September 30th, 2011

What was new on the Node this month? Here are a few of the highlights from September: EMBO meeting Natascha Bushati attended the EMBO meeting, and wrote several posts as one of their certified bloggers, including two interviews that are definitely worth a read: one with Janet Rossant, and a joint interview with Eric Wieschaus[…]

Phd Places fully funded Syracuse University Biology Department

Posted by on September 30th, 2011

Fully Funded PhD Places available in Developmental Biology and Neuroscience Syracuse University, New York, USA. Interneuron specification in the zebrafish spinal cord. The Lewis Lab recently moved to Syracuse University from Cambridge University in the UK. We use Genetics, Cell Biology and Developmental Biology to investigate how the correct number and pattern of different neurons[…]

October desktop calendar

Posted by on September 29th, 2011

It’s the end of the month, which means it’s time to download next month’s desktop calendar. Put it on your own computer and/or on the computers in your lab. There, now you’re all ready for October! Mouse embryo showing Wnt1/Cre-YFP transgene (yellow), 2H3 antibody (red), and DAPI (blue). This image, taken by Elsa Denker of[…]

Company of Biologists Workshop – Growth, Division and Differentiation – Day 2

Posted by on September 26th, 2011

-By Nitin Sabherwal, Eugen Nacu, Heike Laman, Irene Gutierrez Vallejo and Anna Kicheva The second day of the workshop has finished and it is the reporting time now. We had a wonderful day with fantastic talks and a nice walk around the area. The weather had also been beautifully supportive for these kinds of excursions[…]

PhD Movie

Posted by on September 26th, 2011

Whether you’re familiar with the web comic or not, most of you will probably recognize your own current or past career as a graduate student in the new PHD Comics movie. PHD Movie Trailer from PHD Comics on Vimeo. It’s playing at university campuses across the world. If your city is not on the list,[…]

A Discussion between Eric Wieschaus and Marcos González-Gaitán

Posted by on September 22nd, 2011

Eric Wieschaus is a Professor at Princeton University, USA. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1995, together with Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard and the late Edward B. Lewis, for their work “uncovering the genetic control of embryonic development”. Throughout his career, he has been interested in the mechanisms underlying patterning and morphogenesis[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 138, Issue 20)

Posted by on September 22nd, 2011

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development: ApoE: a role in neurogenesis Hippocampal neurodegeneration occurs in most forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. There is, therefore, intense interest in unravelling the mechanisms that underlie adult neurogenesis in this region of the brain. Now, on p. 4351, Steven Kernie and colleagues report that[…]

PhD-student Position in Thalamus Development / Tissue Engineering in Zebrafish

Posted by on September 21st, 2011

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student to study development and regeneration of the thalamus in zebrafish. Stroke is a prevalent and devastating disorder, and no treatment is currently available to restore lost neuronal function after stroke. In 10% of all stroke patients, a remote damage of the thalamus has been documented. We[…]

OIST Developmental Neurobiology Course 2011

Posted by on September 20th, 2011

Okinawa institute of Science and technology (OIST), situated on Okinawa Island is an ideal and inspiring place to discuss and learn science. The student participants and mentors of the developmental neurobiology course (July 17- 31, 2011) were from every corner of the globe. The course began with a wonderful talk about history of developmental neuroscience by[…]

Company of Biologists Workshop – Growth, Division and Differentiation – Day 1

Posted by on September 19th, 2011

In the series of The Company of Biologists Workshops a select group of roughly 30 scientists have gathered at Wiston House, West Sussex, UK, from September 18 to 21, 2011, to discuss the topic of “Growth, division and differentiation: Understanding Developmental Control”. This workshop series aims at fostering collaboration and conceptual advancement by bringing together[…]