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BSDB Gurdon/The Company of Biologists 2019 Summer Studentship Report – Réiltín Ní Theimhneáin

Posted by on January 21st, 2020

Established by the British Society for Developmental Biology in 2014, The Gurdon/The Company of Biologists Summer Studentship scheme provides financial support to allow highly motivated undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in practical research during their summer vacation. Each year, ten successful applicants spend eight weeks in the research laboratories of their choices, and the feedback[…]

The serpent’s maw: mouth function and the dynamics of Hydra regeneration

Posted by on September 30th, 2019

One of the biggest open questions in biology is how organisms can form complex patterns (limbs, organs, entire body plans) from initially disordered or very simple states. Every animal does this at the beginning of its life, forming its full complexity from a single cell. Some are capable of similar feats even after their bodies[…]

An interview with Lewis Wolpert

Posted by on August 4th, 2015

This interview first featured in Development.   Lewis Wolpert is a retired developmental biologist who, over his long career, has made many important contributions to the field, from his French Flag model and the concept of positional information to the famous quote that it is “not birth, marriage or death, but gastrulation which is truly the[…]

The Hydra Summer School – training future stem cell biologists at the frontier

Posted by on October 17th, 2012

Despite the fact that I write this meeting post after three weeks of the summer school, I feel as though I’m writing directly from the Hydra Island, the experience and memories are that fresh! I was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in the 8th European Summer School on Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine[…]

Hydra Summer School in Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

Posted by on October 8th, 2012

The Hydra Summer School presents a unique opportunity to young scientists in the field of stem cell research to engage with leading experts and peers alike. Set on an idyllic Greek island, where you’re more likely to encounter the wrong side of a donkey than a bicycle or car, an intensive week-long programme of lectures,[…]