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This Month on the Node – February 2012

Posted by on February 29th, 2012

Even with an extra day, February is always over before you know it. Nevertheless, a lot of interesting content appeared on the Node in this short month. Have a look at some of these highlights: Resources Michael Barresi shared an educational approach he’s been using in the undergraduate developmental biology course he teaches: “My students[…]

Young Embryologist Meeting 2012 (YEM:2012)

Posted by on February 29th, 2012

  4th Young Embryologist Meeting Friday 1st June 2012 UCL Institute of Child Health, London   Registration and Abstract Submission NOW OPEN (until March 31st)       The 4th Young Embryologist Meeting (YEM:2012) will take place on the 1st of June 2012 in the Kennedy Lecture Theatre at UCL’s Institute of Child Health, London.[…]

Science Funding Shake-up in Japan

Posted by on February 29th, 2012

In these times of financial instability and prudence, researchers across the globe seem to be finding things tough. Here in Japan fiscal worries are abundant, particularly following the disastrous earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Government debt is spiralling and tax rises seem imminent, but what consequence will this all have on research funding? It seems[…]

Managing Mouse Colonies: Genetics, Breeding & Welfare

Posted by on February 28th, 2012

Summary This popular course is a collaboration between MRC Harwell, the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine, the RSPCA Transgenic Training Working Group (TTWG) and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. It aims to introduce experienced technicians and scientific staff involved with the management of GM mouse colonies to best practice with respect to the 3Rs and[…]

GSA conference tips

Posted by on February 28th, 2012

The Genetics Society of America has published a very useful list of tips for first time conference attendees, called “How to Get the Most Out of a Conference“. It’s written with GSA conferences in mind, but it’s applicable to most big meetings, and useful for returning attendees as well! Reposted with permission. Original list on[…]

A planarian’s journey from Sardinia to the Midwest

Posted by on February 22nd, 2012

In 1999, twenty-nine planarians, courtesy of Dr. Maria Pala made the journey across the Atlantic from the beautiful mediterranean island of Sardinia, to Baltimore, Maryland, into the hands of my advisor, Phil Newmark, who was then a post-doctoral fellow in Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado’s laboratory at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Realizing the potential of the[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 139, Issue 6)

Posted by on February 21st, 2012

Here are the research highlights from the current issue of Development: Neural circuit building During development, sensory neurons form neural circuits with motoneurons. Although the anatomical details of these circuits are well described, less is known about the molecular mechanisms underlying their formation. To investigate the involvement of motoneurons in sensory neuron development, Hirohide Takebayashi[…]

Avian Model Systems 7: Nagoya Chick Meeting

Posted by on February 21st, 2012

    After the devastating earthquake last year forced us to cancel the chick meeting, we are happy to announce that the next chick meeting will be held in Nagoya, Japan. The meeting will be held from 14th to 18th November 2012. Please check the website for further details. (+6 rating, 6 votes)Loading…

Dates for your calendar

Posted by on February 20th, 2012

My inbox is full of abstract submission deadline reminders and meeting registration announcements, so I thought I’d share a few. Which conferences are you planning to go to this year?   Abstract submission deadlines: * February 21 (tomorrow!) – Abstract submission deadline for the JSDB/JSCB meeting (May 28-31, Kobe) * March 2 – Abstract submission[…]

#stemcellfacts – Tweeting stem cell research

Posted by on February 16th, 2012

At the start of February, EuroStemCell used our Twitter page @eurostemcell in a new way: We posted a series of fascinating facts and ‘test your knowledge’ questions about stem cells, using the hashtag #stemcellfacts. The tweets covered a lot of ground, from embryonic stem cells and blastocysts to skin stem cells, gut stem cells, heart[…]