January 28, 2015

12:36 PM | El ojo de Polifemo
Este es un ensayo analitico escrito uno de mis estudiantes durante un curso de Maestría en el autismo que dicto online a través de la Universidad de Rioja. Su autor […]
8:00 AM | Effective International Engagement (1) – Introduction
Many geologists will have to, and indeed want to, work overseas at some point in their careers. The global opportunities offered by research and working within the geosciences is a big attraction when deciding to study geology and join the profession. In many cases working internationally will often mean partnering with host-country agencies and industries (e.g., universities, geological surveys, water ministry, volcano observatories, mining companies). […]

January 26, 2015

12:48 PM | Iron and autism
Iron is a mineral necessary for most forms of life. In humans it is a constituent of the heme protein found in red blood cells. Heme proteins are used in […]
9:00 AM | EGU15 – Natural Hazards Education and Communications
Figure 1: A man herds his livestock in remote, high altitude, snowy conditions in Ladakh. This post first appeared on GeoEd Trek (AGU Blogs) on December 22nd 2014. It has been slightly modified below, given the deadline for EGU Abstracts has now passed, to include the latest information available about this session.   Ladakh is a remote and beautiful Himalayan region in the north of India (Figure 1). With stunning landscapes and a rich culture and history it is popular with both domestic […]

January 23, 2015

10:36 PM | Postdoctoral position in mouse developmental biology at University of California, Davis
A fully-funded postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Nadean Brown, Department of Cell Biology & Human Anatomy at the UC Davis School of Medicine. Highly motivated candidates are sought to study fundamental questions in prenatal lens or retinal development. A Ph.D. in the life sciences is required. Strong consideration will be given […]
3:05 PM | Post-Doctoral Positions in Evolutionary Developmental Biology
Fully funded post-doctoral positions are available to investigate molecular, genetic and cell biological mechanisms of development in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis in the Gibson lab at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.  Broad project goals are: 1) To utilize established genome engineering and advanced imaging methods to investigate the morphogenesis of polarized epithelia during early […]
10:53 AM | Postdoctoral Position for Evolutionary Neurobiologist at the EMBL/CRG Systems Biology Unit
Our laboratory, at the EMBL/CRG Systems Biology Unit in Barcelona, is looking for an excellent and highly motivated postdoc to study the functions and evolutionary impact of neural-specific alternative splicing in vertebrates. The major goal of the project – funded by the European Research Council (ERC) – is to understand the in vivo functions and […]
9:00 AM | Images of Guatemala (9) – Conflict and Disasters
Until 1996, Guatemala was in the midst of a brutal Civil War. This sculpture in the Presidential Palace of Guatemala City is a reminder of that troubled past and symbolic of a hopeful peaceful future. In the same way that conflict/disasters can hamper and set-back development efforts, conflict can also set-back disaster risk reduction and management. Even once finished, past conflicts can erode trust between different groups. High levels of trust are a crucial factor in both […]

January 22, 2015

10:07 PM | Waisman Center Day with Experts: Autism
There will be a webinar tomorrow sponsored by the Waisman Center of the University of Madison Wisconsin. The webinar is entitled: “Waisman Center Day with the Experts: Autism”. Those wishing […]
9:46 PM | Stem cells…now showing in 3D
Growing organs in vitro is one of the ultimate dreams of any stem cell biologist. As such, it seems obvious that some of these organs will need to be grown in 3D. This is why stem cell 3D culture systems are very fashionable among scientists. They are increasingly successful and a fair amount of exciting […]
3:50 PM | Postdoctoral position in mouse developmental biology, Mt. Sinai (New York City)
A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Philippe Soriano to study early patterning, stem cell biology or craniofacial morphogenesis regulated by FGF and PDGF signaling in the mouse embryo. Creative, interactive but independent, and highly motivated applicants are in particular invited to apply. Qualifications include a strong background in developmental and stem cell […]

January 21, 2015

12:49 PM | Building Trust in Autism Research: A Response to Dr. Manuel Casanova Posted on 20 January 2015 by Dani Alexis
The following is another blog with a different perspective on the neurodiversity movement. It was written in by Dani Alexis in response to one of my blogs ( Dani is […]
12:01 PM | Is there an abnormal regulation of the immune response in autism?
One month ago the online journal Nature Communication published a study claiming that inflammation is a hallmark of autism. The study, a conjoint effort between Johns Hopkins and the University […]

January 20, 2015

12:14 PM | Reaching out – the many faces of science outreach
This Spotlight was first published in Development.   The days of the solitary scientist toiling away within the isolation of the academic ivory tower are something of the past. This is not only true when actually doing science, as projects become more collaborative and global, but also when considering the relationship between scientists and the public. Science outreach is something that most […]
12:13 PM | In Development this week (Vol. 142, Issue 3)
Here are the highlights from the new issue of Development:   Invadosomes: aiding axonal invasion Invasive cells such as immune and metastatic cancer cells form protrusions known as invadosomes, which mediate adhesion to the underlying substrate and induce extracellular matrix degradation – thus promoting invasiveness. On p. 486, Timothy Gomez and colleagues demonstrate that invadosomes […]

January 19, 2015

4:57 PM | Help the Node by completing our survey!
The Node was launched almost 5 years ago, and it is now time to revise its design and functionalities. We have created a short survey that will help us gather your feedback. Please take a few minutes to complete it- the Node is here for the community, and we need your input to know how […]
1:46 PM | Vernon Mountcastle: The Father of Neuroscience
Vernon Benjamin Mountcastle, Jr “The Father of Neuroscience” (1918-2015) It is a sad day today as I learned about the passing away of Vernon Mountcastle last Sunday. Most of my […]
1:09 AM | A day in the life of a Honeybee lab
Welcome to the Lab for Evolution and Development. The lab is situated in the deep south of New Zealand in the quaint Scottish inspired little city of Dunedin. 1/5 of the population of Dunedin is made up of students and the University is considered the heart of the Dunedin community. I was a student here […]

January 18, 2015

2:48 AM | When to Wean
So many directions to go after that essay title. My pithy kneejerk response is “whenever the eff makes sense for you and your life, moms!” but then I recall I’ve been trying to cut back on my sailor mouth. I could quote the World Health Organization recommendations “continue frequent, on-demand breastfeeding until two years of age or beyond” or the American Association of Pediatricians “for as long as is mutually desired by the mother and […]

January 16, 2015

3:27 PM | Applications for the 122nd Embryology Course at the MBL in Woods Whole, MA are due February 2nd.
We invite you to apply for admission to the longest-running course in the history of Embryology. An intensive six-week laboratory and lecture course for advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and more senior researchers who seek a broad and balanced view of the modern issues of developmental biology. Limited to 24 students. The integrated lectures and […]
2:18 PM | How ‘Natural’ is a ‘Natural Disaster’?
‘Natural disasters’ is a phrase widely used by the geoscience community but how accurate is it? Given the human and societal factors that create a disaster, it has been highlighted that there is no such thing as a natural disaster. Is this simply a convenient phrase that recognises the contribution of natural processes (e.g., earthquakes), are we being sloppy with our language, or are we reinforcing the (incorrect) opinion that disasters are inevitable events, so […]
12:49 PM | The Neurodiversity Movement: St. Augustine, Not Aspeger!
This is another opinion piece by one of our readers. Unfortunately I do not know much about Claudia except for her participation in the recent discussion regarding the Neurodiversity Movement. […]

January 14, 2015

10:33 PM | What’s in a nap? For babies, it may make long-lasting memories
Taking naps after learning seems to help babies less than a year old make memories and keep them, for about a day anyway.
4:40 PM | The Node in York
In our first visit of the year will be to York, in the north of England! Our community manager Cat Vicente will be at the department of Biology this Friday (16th of January) to give two talks about careers in publishing and science communication: - 10.30 a.m. - Coffee and Careers session, aimed at PhD students […]
12:34 PM | Visualizing Neurodiversity: Breathing for Treatment
This is another blog on neurodiversity by one of our readers. I am hoping that this first person account, as well as others to follow, will promote more understanding among […]
12:07 AM | Pan-American Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology – Inaugural 2015 Meeting
We welcome you to join us for the inaugural meeting of the Pan-American Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology, which will be held on the Clark Kerr Campus at the University of California Berkeley from August 5-9, 2015.  The meeting will feature an exciting lineup of 22 invited plenary speakers with an incredible diversity of approaches […]

January 13, 2015

12:45 PM | Egalitarianism & Equalism – Is That The Way Forward For Autism?
Originally posted on Paul Isaacs' Blog:“Egalitarian doctrines maintain that all humans are equal in fundamental worth or social status” EVERYONE IS PRECIOUS & EQUAL In the context of the…

January 12, 2015

8:41 PM | MMR and thimerosal confer no risk for autism
The following is an abstract to an article recently published (Jan 3, 2015) in the journal Vaccine. The same claims no association between MMR vaccination and thimerosal–containing vaccine to autism […]
4:11 PM | Want to attend Adult Neurogenesis 2015? Go as the official meeting reporter…
Adult Neurogenesis: Evolution, Regulation and Function May 6-8, 2015 - Dresden, Germany Website: 2015 is the 50th anniversary of Joseph Altman’s landmark discovery of adult neurogenesis. To celebrate, the fourth conference in Abcam’s Adult Neurogenesis meeting series this meeting will put the developmental process of adult neurogenesis and its regulation into the wider context […]
3:04 PM | Get involved with Young Embryologist Network!
Looking for a New Year’s resolution? Get involved with the Young Embryologist Network! Last year, Young Embryologist Network (YEN) seminars took place at Oxford University, Cardiff University and institutions across London with the help of postgrads, postdocs and young PIs… just like you! This year we want to keep growing! We plan to organise YEN […]
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