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A domino effect on brain developmental evolution

Posted by on December 6th, 2019

The discipline “Evo-devo” studies the developmental basis of morphological evolution. In the field, some original animal models are emerging as interesting model organisms, enriching the knowledge in the field more and more. In the DECA team (Développement et évolution du cerveau antérieur, in French) we use an Evo-devo approach to study the developmental mechanisms responsible[…]

Graduate Student Position in Development of Brain Folding

Posted by on October 3rd, 2019

The Lawton Lab is seeking a talented and motivated graduate student to study the cell and tissue mechanics regulating cerebellar morphogenesis and brain folding.   The beautiful and robust folds of the human cerebral cortex and the cerebellum increase the synaptic volume and compartmentalize the neural circuits. We have previously shown that the murine cerebellum[…]

New research uncovers how hot fish change sex

Posted by on April 23rd, 2019

Press release from Development. You can also read the Research Highlight for this article. Researchers have identified the hormone that causes sex reversal of medaka fish growing in high temperatures. This study from the Instituto Tecnologico de Chascomus (INTECH) in Argentina is the first to report that the brain is involved in the masculinization of[…]

Does (brain) size matter?

Posted by on October 30th, 2015

Chris Puhl and Rebecca McIntosh   As a part of a team of students from the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, Kings College London we commissioned and edited an issue of The Biochemical Society’s magazine, The Biochemist. The issue is entitled ‘What makes us human’ and is a discussion of the evolutionary steps that lead to[…]

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Posted by on October 23rd, 2015

Dimitri Perrin3, Shimpei I. Kubota1,2, Kazuki Tainaka1,2 & Hiroki R. Ueda1,2,4* 1Department of Systems Pharmacology, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan. 2CREST, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Saitama, Japan. 3School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. 4Laboratory for Synthetic Biology, RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center, Osaka,[…]

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[…]

A fruitful visit from INB to INA

Posted by on December 15th, 2013

My name is Daniel Ríos and I am a grad student at the ‘Instituto de Neurobiología (INB)’ from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. However, during this past October I was part of the ‘Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante (INA)’, from the Miguel Hernandez University, in Spain. Ok, I was there just for a short time working[…]

How Unique Are We?

Posted by on October 3rd, 2013

Last week, The Company of Biologists hosted a workshop on “The Evolution of the Neocortex: How Unique are We?”. Some of the people who attended that meeting will be writing about it on the Node in the near future, so I won’t steal their thunder by telling you all about it. Suffice to say it[…]

How unique are we?- a talk at the Royal Institution

Posted by on August 20th, 2013

As you may be aware, The Company of Biologists launched its own series of Workshops in 2010. Coming up this September is the workshop ‘Evolution of the human neocortex- how unique are we?’ Taking place at the beautiful Wiston House in Sussex, this workshop will bring together researchers from the fields of developmental and molecular[…]

Smart signaling in the developing brain

Posted by on May 10th, 2012

The WNT pathway functions in so many processes during development that it is easy to be jealous of its multi-tasking abilities.  A recent paper in Development describes the role of WNT signaling in neural stem cell proliferation. WNT signaling plays an important role in neural development, axon guidance, cell polarity, and stem cell biology.  WNT[…]