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Posted by on October 31st, 2013

The Wellcome Trust – Medical Research Council 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. The Institute receives core funding from the Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council and is also a University Strategic Initiative. This generous support[…]

October news from EuroStemCell: stem cell winners

Posted by on October 31st, 2013

At EuroStemCell we’ve been watching The Node’s outreach series with interest. It’s really great to see public engagement featured ike this! Meanwhile, we’ve been beavering away on all kinds of activities, which you can find out more about in our October Newsletter, just out last night. There’s lots to celebrate this month – we launched[…]

Conflicts of Interest

Posted by on October 28th, 2013

‘‘None of the scientists would comment on the record, for fear that it would affect their funding or that of their postdocs and graduate students’’ Nature, September 2012 ‘Is science wrong?’ The Economist, frontcover October 2013   A Disclaimer I have been very fortunate to come across senior scientists in my career who do not[…]

A day in the life of a Drosophila lab

Posted by on October 28th, 2013

My name is Nana and I’m a third year PhD student at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research in London. Our lab is in the Division of Molecular Neurobiology—so it comes as no surprise that we work on the brain! All animals need a functional brain to interpret sensory information and to produce behavioural[…]

Evolution of the Human Neocortex: How Unique Are We?

Posted by on October 28th, 2013

“Evolution of the Human Neocortex: How Unique Are We?” was the question asked at the Wiston House in West Sussex from 22-25 September 2013.  Although we were hardly the first to consider whether the human brain is something special, the ‘unique’ pileup of methodological approaches likely improved the dialogue on this topic. My own presentation sought[…]

BSDB Axon Guidance and Regeneration

Posted by on October 28th, 2013

This article was first published in the BSDB Summer newsletter   The Autumn Meeting of the BSDB on ‘Axon Guidance and Regeneration’, held on the  28th – 30th August, 2013 at the University of Aberdeen in the beautiful surroundings of Old Aberdeen, was an excellent conference of around sixty delegates, full of exciting talks, highly[…]

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here!

Posted by on October 25th, 2013

For those of you who haven’t heard of it before, ‘I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here!‘ is an online event that aims to connect school children with real working scientists. In the two weeks over which the event runs, the students get to interact with scientists online and ask them anything they like[…]

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[…]

How to spot a stem cell…

Posted by on October 23rd, 2013

  Here’s a basic but really important question… how do stem cell scientists actually identify the stem cells they are raving about? We have all heard that we have stem cells in our gut, in our skin, in our eyes or in our brain for example, but scientists are still looking for stem cells in[…]

PhD Scholarship in Developmental and Regenerative Dermatology Laboratory at UNSW, Sydney, Australia

Posted by on October 22nd, 2013

          Developmental and Regenerative Dermatology Laboratory School of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales   PhD Scholarship The Developmental and Regenerative Dermatology Unit is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic postgraduate student for a research project in skin (cancer) biology.   Recently, we made the pivotal discovery that Yes-associated protein[…]