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About: benoitbruneau

I am Associate Director of the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease in San Francisco. I am also Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF. My lab studies the development of the heart, with a focus on transcriptional and epigenetic regulation.

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So now I’m a Development editor!

Posted by on April 29th, 2013

I got the call and immediately said yes. What a thrill to be asked to join the best developmental biology journal there is! Then I talked to some colleagues afterwards and one said “but that’s a LOT of work!!”. Well yes, but it’s worth it. See, Development published my first paper as an independent PI,[…]

Society Journals and the Research Works Act

Posted by on January 31st, 2012

This post about the Research Works Act and the effect on society journals was written for, and first published on, Reciprocal Space. Reposted with permission, and edited to add a correction. Much has been said about the RWA, and the involvement of big name publishers. Less discussed, but very important for many scientists, is the[…]


Posted by on August 19th, 2010

It seems that following on the tracks of Cell Press, which is reducing the maximum number of supplemental figures to one per manuscript figure, now J. Neuroscience is doing away with it altogether. Hooray? I agree that it is not a very good thing at times that the amount of Suppl Figs has risen (or[…]

Stem cells and developmental biology: old friends meet again…or did they ever part ways?

Posted by on June 30th, 2010

Ahhh the Node, my favourite part of the embryo: nice cup shape you can lie back in and get a whirly cilia massage…. OK, on with the post. So it seems that everyone is working on stem cells now. They’re all the rage. Students come through for a rotation and ask “do you work on[…]