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9 April: Zeki lab –TBC/ Francis Carpenter (Caswell Barry lab)
23 April: Florent Peglion (Nate Guring lab)/Michele Sammut (Barrios lab, now in Poole lab)
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CDB's Prof Fred Spoor unveils computer reconstruction of human fossil that sheds light on our origins
Publication date: 5 March 2015
The fossil of Homo habilis, or ‘handy man’, has undergone state-of-the-art computer reconstruction, revealing new information about its jaw shape which indicates the species has older evolutionary roots than previously thought and shows that three different Homo species existed between 2.1 and 1.6 million years ago, according to UCL researchers who led the study.
Applications for Bogue Fellowships are now open!
Publication date: 27 February 2015
Applications for Bogue fellowships are open. This is a great opportunity for PhD students and post docs to travel to North America and carry out research projects in labs, or to attend laboratory based workshops or training courses.
Deadline: applications must be received by April 10th 2015.
For details and application forms, see: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/lifesciences-faculty/bogue
Recipients of Bogue Fellowships Announced
Publication date: 5 December 2014
November 2014: Recipients of Bogue Research Fellowships
The Bogue Research Fellowship Committee, Life Sciences Faculty, is pleased to announce the recipients of the Bogue Fellowship (October 2014 application round).
Visit the Bogue Website for further information on the Fellowship.
The successful recipients are as follows:
Sophie Adler, MBPhD student of with Professor Torsten Baldeweg, Cognitive Neuroscience & Neuropsychiatry, UCL Institute of Child Health – 6 months in the lab of Professor Andrea Bernasconi, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Quebec, to gain experience in novel neuroimaging techniques developed at MNI and apply these to paediatric data from GOSH.
Alessandro Borghi, Senior Research Associate with Mr David Dunaway, Institute of Child Health - 3 months with Dr Bonnie L Padwa, Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts, to investigate the mechanics of mandibular distraction by means of numerical modelling
Neil Bramley, PhD student with Dr David Lagnado, Experimental Psychology, PALS – 80 days in the labs of Professors Tom Griffith and Alison Gopnik, University of California, Berkeley and the labs of Professors Robert Rehder and Todd Gureckis, New York University, New York, to increase expertise in causal cognition and modelling.
Matthew Jones, PhD student with Professor Gabriella Vigliocco, Experimental Psychology, PALS - 3 months with Professor Linda Smith, Indiana University, to test whether infants can use iconic gestures as a substitute for the presence of the named object when learning word meanings using headcams.
William Michael Lawn, PhD student with Professor Val Curran, Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology, PALS – 8 weeks with in the lab of Dr Gill Bedi, New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Department of Psychiatry, New York, to conduct a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study in which the neural correlates of decision-making about cocaine and food are investigated.
Lydia Jane Leon, PhD student with Professor Gudrun Moore, Institute of Child Health - 10 weeks with Professor Gregory A Bucks, Virginia Commonwealth University, to profile a panel of cytokines involved in human inflammatory pathways using a multiplex magnetic bead-based human cytokine ELISA.
Janneke Marije van Blijswijk, PhD student with Dr Caetano Reis e Sousa, CRUK-LRI - 10 weeks in the lab of Dr Ronald Germain, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, to learn histo-cytometry techniques.
Katherine Charlotte Wood, PhD student with Dr Jennifer Bizley, The Ear Institute - 8 weeks in the lab of Dr Troy Hackett, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, to carry out a series of multi-fluorescent gene expression assays on auditory cortex of the ferret.
CDB congratulates them on being awarded this generous fellowship and hopes they enjoy their study in North America.
Secrets of Ion Channel Evolution Revealed
Publication date: 25 November 2014
Work from Sandip Patel in collaboration with researchers from Cambridge and the USA, has provided novel insight in to the evolution of four-domain voltage-gated calcium and sodium channels from two-domain calcium channel intermediates known as TPCs. The work was published in Science Signaling and features on the front cover.
T. Rahman, X. Cai, G. C. Brailoiu, M. E. Abood, E. Brailoiu, and S. Patel, Two-pore channels provide insight into the evolution of voltage-gated Ca2+ and Na+ channels. Sci. Signal. 7, ra109 (2014).
CDB Sweeps the Board at the UCL Top Administrator and Teacher Awards
Publication date: 20 October 2014
CDB's commitment to excellence in supporting students and teaching was
in evidence this week, as the department swept the board at the Top
Administrator and Teacher Awards 2013-14.
Throughout the course of the year, UCL Medical School students are given the
opportunity to nominate teachers who were particularly helpful or
inspiring to them during their studies. In 2013-14 students cast over 1000
votes, from which there are 65 award winners.
Students have also been given the opportunity to nominate administrators whom
they found particularly helpful and supportive.
The department's congratulations go to Anushka Megan (pictured), recognised for exceptional support to IBSc students, and Greg Campbell (Top Teacher Year 1), Les Dale, Fred Spoor and Christopher Yeo (Year 2), Stephen Davis (Year 3) and Wendy Birch (Year 1 & 2 SSCc.).
CDB's Prof John O'Keefe wins the Nobel Prize
Publication date: 6 October 2014
'World's slowest Doppler effect' found in embryo development
Publication date: 18 July 2014
Prof John O'Keefe wins Kavli Prize in Neuroscience
Publication date: 12 June 2014
Prof Claudio Stern elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Publication date: 28 April 2014
Stern Lab shows that somites can form without a clock
Publication date: 14 February 2014
New research from the lab of CDB's J.Z Young Professor, Claudio Stern, published today in the journal Science, is causing a stir worldwide.
In vertebrate embryos, the number, size, and positional identity of mesodermal segments (somites) located bilaterally along the anterior-posterior axis is widely believed to be controlled by a molecular clock of oscillating gene expression interacting with a traveling wave of signals to determine how many cells make up a somite. Dias et al. (p. 791; see the Perspective by Kondo) reveal that it is possible to generate somites of normal size, shape, and identity without either a clock or a wavefront. Instead, the findings suggest that somite size and shape are regulated by local cell-cell interactions.
Read the full text now at: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/343/6172/791.full
CDB PhD Students Wins First Prize in Biosciences Research Poster Competition
Publication date: 17 April 2013
CDB grad student Andrew Beale wins 1st prize in UCL Poster Competition
Publication date: 12 March 2012
CDB's Andrew Beale has been awarded the 1st prize of £400 in UCL's Poster Competition. The contest invites UCL research students to raise the profile of their research by creating an original, dynamic advertisement. Andrew's winning entry was for his project, "The circadian clock of a blind cavefish can detect light".
Salinas lab findings on halting Alzheimer's disease in mice published in Journal of Neuroscience
Publication date: 12 March 2012
Professor Patricia Salinas (UCL Department of Cell & Developmental Biology) and her research team have discovered that specific antibodies that block the function of a protein, called Dkk1, are able to completely suppress the toxic effect of Amyloid-ß on synapses. The findings were published last week in the Journal of Neuroscience. Read on for the full story.
Sainsbury Wellcome Centre granted planning permission
Publication date: 1 August 2011
Used postal stamps collection for the Leprosy Mission
Publication date: 1 August 2011
Change the life of someone else – by saving your used postal stamps.
The stamps will be collected to support the Leprosy Mission, an international development organisation transforming and empowering the lives of people affected by leprosy. Its goal is to eradicate the causes and consequences of this disease. The Leprosy Mission works in around 30 countries across Africa, South Asia and East Asia.
UCL Mail Services has agreed to collect your used stamps from
each department at least once a month and then have them delivered to me during
normal daily deliveries. Simply leave them in an internal envelope marked 'UCL Post Room' at your post tray in your office.
Philip Flash, HR & Financial Administration, UCL Estates
Fossil Specimen is the "oldest pregnant lizard we have seen" says Prof Susan Evans
Publication date: 21 July 2011
Prestigious Beddington Medal awarded to CDB graduate Carlos Carmona-Fontaine
Publication date: 20 April 2011
CDB wins 1st prize in UCL Graduate School Competition
Publication date: 8 March 2011
UCL voted best place for postdocs to work
Publication date: 24 January 2011
Zebrafish lab wins two Wellcome Image Awards
Publication date: 24 January 2011
Prof Semir Zeki on BBC World Service 'The Forum'
Publication date: 17 January 2011
Love: it’s all the same to the brain
Publication date: 4 January 2011
Prof Zeki on how a blind man 'sees' the world
Publication date: 3 December 2010
Crucial sex hormones re-routed by missing molecule
Publication date: 30 November 2010
CDB Professor appointed Sainsbury Wellcome Centre: Interim Director
Publication date: 23 November 2010
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