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Turning back the clock of neural progenitor cells: a simple recipe to generate de novo retinal ganglion cells

Posted by on August 12th, 2019

Press release for a new Development paper on reprogramming in the retina. Scientists at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany, discovered that a single transcription factor drives retinal progenitor cells to reacquire the potency to generate Retinal ganglion cells. The[…]

Transparent peer review at Development

Posted by on August 1st, 2019

Publishing peer review reports In the interests of promoting transparency around the editorial process, Development will now be publishing a ‘Peer review history’ file alongside published papers, where the author has opted-in to such a file being published. All research papers submitted on or after 1 August 2019 are eligible. The file can be found on the[…]

the Node researcher database survey

Posted by on July 23rd, 2019

This survey is now closed. If you missed it but would still like to share your thoughts, just email thenode@biologists.com The Node is planning to launch a database of developmental and stem cell biologists. The idea is to help people organising conferences, assembling committees and seeking speakers/referees to identify individuals that might not otherwise have[…]

Development at the single cell level

Posted by on July 17th, 2019

Development recently published a bumper Special Issue devoted to single cell approaches to developmental biology. A multitude of model systems featured – from Dicty to Drosophila to mouse to zebrafish – and the issue’s Reviews, Spotlight and Hypothesis gave an overview of the field’s current challenges and opportunities.     The cover was chosen by[…]

Funded early career places at Company of Biologists Workshop ‘Understanding Human Birth Defects in the Genomic Age’

Posted by on July 9th, 2019

The Company of Biologists Workshops provide leading experts and early-career researchers from a diverse range of scientific backgrounds with a stimulating environment for the cross-fertilisation of interdisciplinary ideas. In November, experts will gather in the beautiful surroundings of Wiston House in West Sussex with the aim of ‘Understanding Human Birth Defects in the Genomic Age‘. Organised[…]

Fundraising for Suzanne Eaton search effort

Posted by on July 8th, 2019

Update: please read the latest statement from the MPI-CBG https://www.mpi-cbg.de/news-events/latest-news/article/news/statement-on-the-tragic-demise-of-suzanne-eaton/ Our thoughts are with Suzanne’s family, friends and colleagues.       Suzanne Eaton, the molecular and developmental biologist based at the MPI-CBG in Dresden, is currently missing on the island of Crete (see the MPI’s statement and recent NBC news story for details). The search team[…]

Regenerating human retinal ganglion cells in the dish to inform glaucoma treatment

Posted by on July 4th, 2019

You can also read the Research Highlight for this press released article. The capacity of the human central nervous system to regenerate after injury or illness is limited, and the resulting functional impairments carry a vast societal and personal burden. In glaucoma, degeneration of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) – the axons of which form the[…]

Laboratory and lecture course by top-notch Developmental Biologists in Quintay-Chile (January 2020) for Latin American and International applicants

Posted by on July 4th, 2019

This new version of the Quintay2020 course is organized with the collaboration of the Marine Biology Laboratory (MBL, Woods Hole, USA). We invite students to submit their application before the deadline (31st July 2019). At the end of the Quintay2020 course, the two best students will receive a prize, which consists in a place to[…]

Postdoctoral Opportunities for Research in Cell Behavior during Development and Cancer

Posted by on July 2nd, 2019

The Johnston Lab at Columbia University in New York is looking for curious, motivated individuals to join us in research to characterize the molecular targets and pathways that provide plasticity to growing tissues, allowing cells to sense and adapt to changes in their immediate environment.  We investigate the role of competitive cell-cell interactions in organ[…]

The 2019 North of England Cell Biology Forum

Posted by on July 2nd, 2019

This annual 1-day symposium brings together cell biologists from the North of England. There is a full day of talks and a poster session where junior scientists are encouraged to present their work. PhD students and post-docs are invited to apply for oral and/or poster presentations; prizes will be awarded on the day. Date: Thursday,[…]