March 26, 2015

7:03 PM | 7th Young Embryologist Network AGM
7th Young Embryologist Network Annual General Meeting 15th May 2015 09:15-17:30 King’s College London Registration and abstract submission are now open! The 7th Young Embryologist Network AGM aims to bring together developmental biologists from across the UK (and beyond) to discuss their work. This year is likely to be the largest YEN AGM yet! This […]
6:25 AM | Free Eye check up camp conducted for the Advance Hydrau-Tech Team on 23rd – 24th March, 2015
The employees of Advance Hydrau-Tech Pvt Ltd, Delhi, received free eye check up on 23-24 March, 2015. The camp was organized in the fond memory of Late Smt. Gyarsi Bai and Late Shri Lala Shyam Lal Gupta, grandparents of Mr. Sudhir Gupta, Director of Advance Hydrau-Tech. The first day was completed with a total of … Continue reading →

March 25, 2015

6:20 PM | Friday Harbor Comparative Embryology Course – Applications Still Open
There are still a few spots open in the Comparative Invertebrate Embryology course at the Friday Harbor Labs. As I described in a previous post, it’s a great opportunity to see the diversity of developmental processes among animal phyla. Of course this would be valuable for people interested in evo-devo, but it would also be valuable for everyone from bioengineers, […]
4:57 PM | Postdoctoral Position in Developmental and Evolutionary Genomics, UC Davis
A postdoctoral position is available at the University of California - Davis to study the molecular mechanisms, phylogenetic patterns, and functional consequences of transcriptome evolution in Drosophila. The project is based on the integration of RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, transgenic manipulation of gene expression and DNA-protein binding, and quantitative phylogenetic analysis to understand the roles of gene […]
2:24 PM | Anécdotas Históricas: Salt Lake City y el Autismo
La Reunión Internacional para la Investigación del Autismo (IMFAR) se celebrará este año en la ciudad de Salt Lake City (SLC), Utah. Aunque desconocido para muchas personas, esta ciudad ha […]
10:00 AM | HFA2: Some take home messages from Sendai…
Clare Sweeney is the latest recruit to the GfGD Blog team – focusing her columns on all things related to geohazards and disaster risk reduction. Clare is a recent graduate of Bristol University’s Masters Programme in Volcanology, through which she spent time in both Guatemala and Japan. Today Clare reflects on the recent World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction. Here are her thoughts on some key take home messages… The devastation left behind by Cyclone Pam, […]
2:21 AM | Graduate students take on The Hill
On March 18, 2015, 24 graduate student scientists from twelve graduate programs across the country descended on Capitol Hill. We represented the National Science Policy Group, a network of graduate students committed to promoting science research funding and interested in issues at the intersection of science and public policy. Last Wednesday was our Congressional Visit Day, […]

March 24, 2015

12:16 PM | Question Of The Month- developmental biology funding
In our recent survey many of you told us that you like the Node to be even more a place where the community can discuss and share ideas. We totally agree, but to make this happen we need your help and participation! To encourage more discussions we decided to launch a new feature called Question of the […]
11:19 AM | In Development this week (Vol. 142, Issue 7)
Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   ActivinA-ting spiny neuron production from hPSCs The medium-sized spiny neurons, the main projection neurons of the striatum, are generated in the lateral ganglionic eminence (LGE) and degenerate in the early stages of Huntington’s disease (HD) – for which no pharmacological treatment is yet available. […]

March 23, 2015

11:50 AM | Autism Self Diagnosis: The Seinfeld Syndrome
A few months ago, during an interview with Brian Williams of NBC’s “Nightly News”, Jerry Seinfled proclaimed that on a very drawn-out scale he fell on the autism spectrum. When […]
9:00 AM | Book Review: Natural Resources in Afghanistan – Geographic and Geologic Perspectives on Centuries of Conflict
This article was originally published online by Geoscientist, the independent fellowship magazine of the Geological Society of London. Afghanistan has been in the news for as long as I can remember, normally as a place of conflict and almost never as a place of diverse landscapes, resources and culture. In 2011, however, I was invited to join a workshop in Leicester on higher education in Afghanistan, meeting a number of geoscience academics from Kabul and beyond. Since then I’ve been […]

March 22, 2015

9:00 AM | World Water Day 2015
Today is World Water Day, with a special focus on water and sustainable development.  Water is a fundamental human need, used for drinking, washing, cooking and sanitation. Yet it is estimated that nearly 800 million people lack access to clean water. More people on the planet own mobile phones than have access to flushing toilets. In the past I’ve seen many places where people have to collect and drink water from unprotected sources. It’s devastating, […]

March 21, 2015

12:16 PM | Asperger Syndrome and Classic Autism
This is a guest-posting by one of our readers. Claudia Mazzucco has had an almost thirty year golfing career as writer, researcher, historian, editor and teacher of the history of […]

March 19, 2015

5:17 PM | Going LIVE with your Science Communication
Heather Hendrickson (Senior Lecturer in Molecular Bioscience, Massey University)   I have had my personal ups and downs with live performance. I was 4 years old when, convinced I was a dance prodigy, my enthusiastic whirling became frenetic and I flung myself directly at my grandmother, landing in a humiliated heap at her feet. Despite […]
11:35 AM | Autismo: El Derecho-a-Tratar
Se ha dicho en varias publicaciones que el autismo no afecta la expectativa de vida. No creo que este sea el caso. Según un estudio danés que siguió a 340 […]

March 16, 2015

10:01 PM | Postdoc and Research Assistant positions, University of Birmingham, UK
1x Postdoc and 1x Research Assistant Positions:  Regulation of Cell Death and Cell Growth in Drosophila One postdoc and one 50% research assistant positions are available in the laboratory of Dr Yun Fan in the School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. Current research in the laboratory is focused on 1) to […]
2:00 PM | In babies, turning down inflammation soothes the hurt
Babies don’t feel nerve pain because their immune systems tamp down inflammation.
11:35 AM | Communication and Autism
Communication is a dynamic process between people. If we make ourselves understood and obtain what we wanted, we have been effective at communicating our thoughts. Effective communication makes you feel […]
9:00 AM | EGU15: Natural Hazards Education, Communications and Science-Policy-Practice Interface
As we approach the EGU General Assembly (12-17th April 2015), we share one particular session of interest with you – focusing on natural hazards education, communications and the interface between science-policy-practice. Please share this image with anybody who may be interested, and submit your ideas/topics/questions for our discussion session online here.

March 13, 2015

12:11 PM | Research Associate – Bioinformatician
Department/Location: Wellcome Trust - Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, University of Cambridge Salary: £28,695-£37,394 Reference: PS04734 Closing date: 20 April 2015 Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2017 in the first instance. Applications are invited for a computational biologist to join the research group of Dr Paul Bertone […]

March 12, 2015

3:34 PM | Looking for PhD student
A PhD position available is available in my laboratory. We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student for a project on somatic lineage reprogramming between liver and pancreas cells. The main focus of the laboratory is to elucidate the mechanisms that pattern the embryonic endoderm in order to generate distinct organs, such as the pancreas and […]
2:05 PM | BSDB Gurdon Summer Studenships – DEADLINE!
End of March is the application deadline for the Gurdon Studentship scheme. This scheme provides financial support to allow highly motivated undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in practical research during their summer vacation. We look for students with a strong academic record and clear career vision, who have taken the initiative to establish contacts […]
10:15 AM | HFA2: News, Blogs and Resources
From 14-18th March, disaster professionals, politicians and other stakeholders will be gathering in Sendai (Japan) at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR). The aim of the meeting will be to agree upon the final text to replace the Hyogo Framework for Action, the UN guidelines for action on disaster risk reduction and strengthening resilience. Today’s post collates some key background reading, commentary and relevant blogs… 3rd UN World Conference on […]

March 11, 2015

11:38 AM | Los Argumentos Pro-Neurodiversidad del Periódico The Daily Beast
Un artículo recientemente publicado en el periódico The Daily Beast ha adquirido un cierto grado de atención en el Internet ( ). El artículo, escrito por Elizabeth Picciuto, se intitula: […]

March 10, 2015

4:37 PM | Notes from the fly meeting- day 4 and 5
I’m reporting from the Drosophila meeting. You can read the post on days 1 and 2 here and on day 3 here.   Day 4 of the fly meeting was by far the most intense. Starting at 8.30 a.m., talks and poster presentations only really finished at 11.15 p.m.! However, the fly community takes their science very seriously, […]
11:28 AM | In Development this week (Vol. 142, Issue 6)
Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   Dmrt1: a common thread in sex determination Dmrt1 and its related genes play a key role in sex determination in a broad range of metazoan species. However, Dmrt1 has become dispensable for testis determination in mammals, and this function is instead carried out by […]

March 09, 2015

6:53 PM | Why we need amateur-professional collaborations
Could we simultaneously make it easier for professional scientists to do research on tight budgets, and improve public understanding of science, by facilitating professional-amateur collaborations? Not that long ago, amateur scientists such as Darwin, Wallace, and Mendel laid the foundations of modern biology. Today, a few button clicks gives access to vast troves of knowledge, […]
11:36 AM | Historical Musing: Salt Lake City and Autism
This year’s International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) will be celebrated at Salt Lake City (SLC), Utah. Although unknown to many individuals this city has played a major role in […]
9:00 AM | HFA2: Let’s define what we mean by ‘multi-hazard’…
From 14-18th March, disaster professionals, politicians and other stakeholders will be gathering in Sendai (Japan) at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR). The aim of the meeting will be to agree upon the final text to replace the Hyogo Framework for Action, the UN guidelines for action on disaster risk reduction and strengthening resilience. Today’s post, adapted from a post originally published on the official WCDRR blog page, picks out the key phrase […]

March 07, 2015

2:15 PM | Notes from the fly meeting- day 3
Our community manager is reporting from the Drosophila meeting. You can read the post on days 1 and 2 here.   We woke up to another cold day here in Chicago, and kicked off straight away with concurrent sessions. This meant some tough decisions on which talks to listen to!   Proof that it really is […]
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