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Day 2 at the ISDB- Not so much sun, but some great science

Posted by on June 18th, 2013

Let’s be honest- the first talk of the morning session in a conference is always badly attended, right? Well, not at the ISDB! In a clever move by the organisers, the very first speaker of day 2 was no other than Sir John Gurdon, and consequently the room was full. The chair of that plenary[…]

ISSCR Annual Meeting – Day 4

Posted by on June 18th, 2013

Final day at the ISSCR. No posters. No concurrent sessions.  Just pure plenary all day. And indeed, the eclectic mix of talks provided a fitting end to 4 days of diverse science. Ian Chambers kicked things off with an excellent talk describing the surprising recent finding by his laboratory that reduced levels of Oct4 actually[…]

Day 1 at the ISDB- Sun, science and origami

Posted by on June 17th, 2013

Due to lack of internet at the ISDB conference venue, it is not possible for the Node to tweet live from the conference. Instead we will try to post regular updates!   Day one of the International Society for Development Biology meeting, and boy is it hot here in Cancun! Not that anyone is complaining[…]

ISSCR Annual Meeting – Day 3

Posted by on June 16th, 2013

After a fun night socialising, the stem cell science kicked off again in earnest on Friday morning. The morning session turned to ‘Cell and Gene Therapy’ – the final goal of many at the meeting. David Williams and Alesandra Biffi provided fascinating insights into the past and future of the gene therapy field, with a[…]

ISSCR Annual Meeting – Day 2

Posted by on June 15th, 2013

Day 2 featured a full scientific program, including a morning plenary and two afternoon sessions with concurrent talks running in five different rooms. Luckily many of the talks are being videoed and will be available to attendees for a few weeks after the event – a good idea as it’s impossible not to feel like[…]

The Node at the ISDB

Posted by on June 14th, 2013

Are you attending the ISDB meeting starting this sunday in Cancun, Mexico? If not, don’t worry- the Node will be there, and we will be tweeting using the #ISDB2013 hashtag. If you are not a Twitter user, Cat will also be posting updates from the meeting here on the Node, so that is another way you[…]

Seeing a future for retinal regeneration

Posted by on June 14th, 2013

Regeneration is a superpower not just reserved for superheroes—salamanders and newts are able to regenerate lost limbs and tails, and fish can regenerate new retinal neurons after injury to the eye.  Mammals have limited ability to regenerate retinal neurons, but a recent paper in Development finds that a single transcription factor may be able to[…]

Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Transcriptional Control of Stem Cell Fate) x 2

Posted by on June 14th, 2013

The Wellcome Trust – Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute draws together outstanding researchers from 25 stem cell laboratories in Cambridge to form a world-leading centre for stem cell biology and medicine. Scientists in the Institute collaborate to generate new knowledge and understanding of the biology of stem cells and provide the foundation for[…]

The 6th International EMT Meeting

Posted by on June 14th, 2013

The 6th biennial meeting of the EMT International Association (TEMTIA) will be held in Alicante, Spain, Nov. 13- 16, 2013. For information and registration, please visit www.emtmeeting.org. Special sessions will include Developmental EMT/Cell Mol Biol of EMT/Cancer and EMT/Stem cells/Modelling, etc.   Earlybird registration is available until July 31st There will be a number of[…]

ISSCR Annual Meeting – Day 1

Posted by on June 13th, 2013

Wow. Big conference Over four thousand stem cell biologists were welcomed by Nobel Laureate and ISSCR President Shinya Yamanaka in the opening address of the 11th Annual Symposium of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, and in a hall with 8 huge screens beaming the plenary lectures across a massive conference hall it certainly[…]