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December 01, 2014

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6:16 PM | Nominations for the 2015 Beddington medal
Nominations are invited for the 2015 Beddington Medal for the best graduating PhD student in the field of Developmental Biology. The eligibility period covers PhD dissertations submitted anytime during 2014. The closing date for nominations this year is Wednesday 14th January, 2015. Before submitting any nomination, please read further details here.
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11:43 AM | Protecting yourself against health fraud or quackery
In previous blogs I have written about several treatments avidly publicized within the autism community (see http://bit.ly/1v84aGM and also http://bit.ly/1rKgjfS ). These treatments promote fraudulent interventions with little in terms […]
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9:58 AM | This month on the Node- November 2014
Our jobs page was busy this month, with jobs advertised in the UK, France, Brazil, Finland and the USA! Here are the other highlights:   Research: - Patrick told us the back story to his recent Nature paper that reported a common evolutionary origin for the external genitalia of a snake and the hindlimb of a […]

November 27, 2014

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8:20 PM | Our Latest Publication: Genetic studies indicate that neural induction and early neuronal maturation are disturbed in autism
This is our latest publication in Frontiers (see http://bit.ly/1HmFfnV).  The idea for this study came from the large number of genes currently identified as conferring risk for autism.  In all […]
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7:00 PM | BSDB Gurdon Summer Studentship Report (2)
In 2014, the BSDB has initiated the Gurdon Summer Studentship program with the intention to provide highly motivated students with exceptional qualities and a strong interest in Developmental Biology an opportunity to engage in practical research. The 10 successful applicants spent 8 weeks in the research laboratories of their choices, and the feedback we received […]
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6:28 PM | BSDB Gurdon Summer Studentship Report (1)
In 2014, the BSDB has initiated the Gurdon Summer Studentship program with the intention to provide highly motivated students with exceptional qualities and a strong interest in Developmental Biology an opportunity to engage in practical research. The 10 successful applicants spent 8 weeks in the research laboratories of their choices, and the feedback we received […]
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5:11 PM | A cuddly science outreach project
2010 was declared the International Year of Biodiversity by the UN. At the Science & Culture Department of Montpellier University, which has designed science outreach and public engagement projects since 2000, we wanted to mark the occasion with an original project. We wanted a project that would:     - talk about the methods rather than the […]

November 26, 2014

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4:26 PM | Post doc representative on the BSDB committee
The BSDB committee are inviting applications and nominations for a post doctoral representative to join the committee. We already have a Graduate Student representative and feel that the post doctoral community should also be represented. This position is available immediately and would be for a two year  term and we would like someone in place […]

November 24, 2014

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1:10 PM | How to handle life adversities? Coping mechanisms
Maybe I am on a nostalgic trip but for whatever reason I have been reminiscing about my life and immediate family for the past few weeks. In a certain sense […]
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10:01 AM | Top-down causation and the emergence of agency
There is a paradox at the heart of modern neuroscience. As we succeed in explaining more and more cognitive operations in terms of patterns of electrical activity of specific neural circuits, it seems we move ever farther from bridging the gap between the physical and the mental. Indeed, each advance seems to further relegate mental activity to the status of epiphenomenon – something that emerges from the physical activity of the brain but that plays no part in controlling it. It seems […]

November 23, 2014

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4:44 PM | PhD studentship in evolutionary developmental genetics of neural progenitor proliferation
A fully funded studentship (fees and RCUK-level stipend) open to EU students is available under the supervision of Dr Thomas Butts in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary, University of London. The studentship is to study the evolution of neural development within vertebrates, particularly in relation to the control of neurogenesis. Within this broad area of interest […]
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