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Want to attend Adult Neurogenesis 2015? Go as the official meeting reporter…

Posted by on January 12th, 2015

Adult Neurogenesis: Evolution, Regulation and Function May 6-8, 2015 – Dresden, Germany Website: http://www.abcam.com/AdultNeurogenesis2015 2015 is the 50th anniversary of Joseph Altman’s landmark discovery of adult neurogenesis. To celebrate, the fourth conference in Abcam’s Adult Neurogenesis meeting series this meeting will put the developmental process of adult neurogenesis and its regulation into the wider context[…]

Get involved with Young Embryologist Network!

Posted by on January 12th, 2015

Looking for a New Year’s resolution? Get involved with the Young Embryologist Network! Last year, Young Embryologist Network (YEN) seminars took place at Oxford University, Cardiff University and institutions across London with the help of postgrads, postdocs and young PIs… just like you! This year we want to keep growing! We plan to organise YEN[…]

International Neuroscience Doctoral Programme (INDP) at the Champalimaud Foundation in Lisbon – Portugal

Posted by on January 8th, 2015

Applications from independent thinkers with curiosity, creativity and drive are sought to join the Champalimaud Foundation’s International Neuroscience Doctoral Programme (INDP). The INDP aims to provide students of diverse backgrounds with a foundation to perform innovative and interdisciplinary work in basic or applied neuroscience at an international level. The Programme is hosted at the Champalimaud[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 142, Issue 2)

Posted by on January 6th, 2015

Here are the highlights from the new issue of Development:   The ‘second brain’: taking gut development up a Notch The vertebrate gastro-intestinal (GI) tract consists of a regionalized epithelial tube surrounded by mesenchyme that later differentiates into smooth muscle. During the early stages of stomach patterning in chick embryos, the primitive GI track is[…]

Life’s Blueprint website

Posted by on January 5th, 2015

Dear Colleagues, I recently published a popular book presenting the concepts of embryonic development (Life’s Blueprint: The science and art of embryo creation) at Yale University Press. In addition to the text, I tried to convey the concepts of embryonic development by presenting pairs of images, where one portrays a biological example and the other[…]

The rabbit blastocyst modelling (for) vertebrate gastrulation

Posted by on January 5th, 2015

Form and function of animal gastrulation have been longstanding classics accompanying the rise of experimental embryology, and – as if to square the circle in the literal sense – the blastopore of Haeckel’s original ‘gastrea’ stage[1] was soon (and still is) considered analogous to the straight primitive streak of birds and mammals[2-4]. Both forms are[…]

Top Node posts of 2014

Posted by on January 5th, 2015

Happy new year everyone! The last year saw the usual varied mix of news, research, meeting and discussion posts. We had a look at our stats to find the most popular posts of 2014:     Most viewed posts: 1- The secret to getting the postdoc you want– former SDB president Martin Chalfie shares his thoughts on[…]