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The Node Launch Party

Posted by on July 6th, 2010

Yes, we’ve been live for a few weeks, but you’re not truly and fully launched as a website these days without a proper launch party, so we had ours last night in Cambridge (UK). The Gurdon Institute was kind enough to open their doors to us, and we invited all of their labs as well[…]

ISSCR meeting

Posted by on July 1st, 2010

Almost four thousand people attended the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) meeting in San Francisco in June. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, about a quarter of the attendees were from California, but other participants traveled from Australia, Europe, and Asia to attend the meeting. There were far too many talks to summarize[…]

Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting

Posted by on June 29th, 2010

Have you ever met a Nobel Laureate? 650 lucky young researchers are currently spending the week with 59 previous Nobel Prize winners from the fields of physiology or medicine, physics and chemistry. Each year, a group of Nobel Laureates meet in Lindau, a German town (and island) at Lake Constance, close to the Swiss and[…]

The Young Embryologist Meeting, 2010. London.

Posted by on June 23rd, 2010

May 10th 2010 marked the second anniversary of a very young but promising scientific meeting, the Young Embryologist Meeting (YEM). This meeting was organised by a group of PhD students and young post-docs from London interested in developmental biology but open to everyone. Researchers at this level are just beginning to make decisions on what[…]

BSDB-BSCB Meeting Report Part II

Posted by on June 21st, 2010

As announced in my last post, here is part two of the BSDB-BSCB Spring Meeting Report. It deals with two presentations on networks of transcription factors (TFs). During development, such dynamic networks of TFs and signaling molecules establish and maintain the spatio-temporal patterns of gene expression characteristic for the developing tissue. Using high throughput approaches[…]

Meeting report from the 2nd joint meeting of the SFBD AND JSDB 2010 – “From Cells to Organs”

Posted by on June 13th, 2010

(This was essentially written by Dr. Chris Gordon – see bottom for details, though “Heather” posted it here.) Approximately 320 participants attended the second joint meeting of both the Japanese and French societies for developmental biology at the Institut Pasteur on May 26th to 28th, 2010. Of these, sixty Japanese developmental biologists made the voyage[…]

BSDB-BSCB Meeting Report Part I

Posted by on June 12th, 2010

The recent joint meeting of the British Societies for Developmental Biology (BSDB) and Cell Biology (BSCB) in Warwick provided an exciting opportunity to catch a glimpse of the future of these two fields. “Old” questions of how cell fates are allocated during development are now being tackled with new technologies and new knowledge of how[…]

An interview with Kate Storey and Silvia Marino

Posted by on May 27th, 2010

(Originally published in Development) In February 2010, in the beautiful setting of Wiston House, nestled at the foot of the hilly South Downs in Sussex, UK, The Company of Biologists, the not-for-profit organisation that publishes Development, held the inaugural meeting of their new workshop series dedicated to biological research. The meeting was titled ‘Neural Stem[…]

Cold Spring Harbor Asia Conferences

Posted by on May 5th, 2010

Earlier this year, Cold Spring Harbor Asia opened a new conference centre in Suzhou, China. Located near Shanghai, the conference centre gives the research community in Asia an international conference centre close to home. The Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference centre lobby reflects Chinese design. (Image used with permission) After the opening ceremony on April[…]

BSCB/BSDB Meeting in Warwick

Posted by on April 12th, 2010

From April 12 to 15, the British Societies for Cell Biology and Developmental Biology are holding a joint meeting in Warwick. The program is full of interesting talks: Always two at the same time, making it hard to choose what to listen to. Personally, I’m excited about this event because it is the first time[…]