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From SNPs to starlings: Avian Model Systems 2014, 5th-8th March

Posted by on March 17th, 2014

Deep snow failed to chill the atmosphere at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories as the most diverse Avian Model Systems meeting yet took place. The model organisms involved included transgenic quail and zebra finches, canaries, and even barn owls and the American white-throated sparrow, alongside the more prosaic chicken. The interaction of ideas from the endocrine[…]

Developmental Biology in the Wellcome Image Awards

Posted by on September 14th, 2012

Given that most readers of this post will be developmental biologists, it seems slightly unnecessary to point out that development is an amazing, beautiful process.  But it’s true!  The expansion and rearrangement of a little ball of cells that gradually resolves into the shape of an animal is awe-inspiring when you see it for the[…]

Young Embryologist Meeting 2012 (YEM:2012)

Posted by on February 29th, 2012

  4th Young Embryologist Meeting Friday 1st June 2012 UCL Institute of Child Health, London   Registration and Abstract Submission NOW OPEN (until March 31st)       The 4th Young Embryologist Meeting (YEM:2012) will take place on the 1st of June 2012 in the Kennedy Lecture Theatre at UCL’s Institute of Child Health, London.[…]

A wave from Quintay

Posted by on January 31st, 2012

The International course on Developmental Biology was a great experience, both instructive and mind-opening. All the students were shuttled to the remote and very small fishing village of Quintay, where the CIMARQ, the investigation centre where the course took place, is located. Originally a whaling station, this centre is dedicated to the instruction of professionals[…]

Postdoctoral position – MRC Department of Biomedical/Developmental Genetics, University of Sheffield, UK

Posted by on October 26th, 2011

Overview The Research Associate will work in the MRC Centre for Developmental and Biomedical Genetics within the Department of Biomedical Science.  The department has an active community of researchers specialising in different aspects of developmental biology.  You will take part in a project aiming to understand how cell proliferation is temporally integrated with digit patterning[…]

Mathematical and Computational Modelling at the BSDB Meeting 2011

Posted by on June 20th, 2011

Here is part 3 of my report on the 2011 BSCB-BSDB Spring Conference this April in Canterbury. In the first part, I covered Mark Krasnow’s amazing opening lecture on lung development, and in part two I introduced this year’s awardees of the BSCB and BSDB honorary medals. Here I’ll highlight some of the talks in[…]

The story behind the screen – flashbacks from the first RNAi screen in a whole vertebrate

Posted by on May 9th, 2011

The story of our recently released Development paper ‘FatJ acts via the Hippo mediator Yap1 to restrict the size of neural progenitor cell pools’ (http://dev.biologists.org/content/138/10/1893.full) involves hundreds of dozens of fresh free-range eggs and not trivial amounts of time spent peering down a microscope. I have written this with Nick van Hateren, who is the joint first author of this paper along with me.

Image competition finalists

Posted by on March 21st, 2011

In the Node’s recent image competition, we asked for images related to developmental biology and some sort of intersection – playing on the double meaning of the word “node” in the site’s name. We received as many different interpretations of this theme as submissions, which gave the judges a difficult task. But by looking both[…]

Young Embryologist Meeting 2011 (YEM:2011)

Posted by on February 15th, 2011

The Young Embryologist Meeting 2011 will be held at King’s College London on May 6th, 2011.

Conference Announcement: Chick meeting

Posted by on February 1st, 2011

The 4th international chick meeting will be held in Sendai, Northern Japan, from August 29th to September 2nd, 2011. The meeting aims to build on previous meetings consolidating the links between the different disciplines within the bird community, exploring new frontiers in avian research and developing key community resources. The program is still being finalized, but[…]