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All Seminars are held in the Gavin De Beer Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building, Thursday 1-2pm

27 Nov: Irene (Stern lab)/Cristina Benito(Jessen lab) - Postponed

11 Dec: Marcus Ghosh (Rihel lab)/ (Chubbs lab)


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CDB Sweeps the Board at the UCL Top Administrator and Teacher Awards

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Anushka Megan
Anushka Megan

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

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Nobel Prize Winner Prof John O'Keefe

CDB's John O’Keefe has won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014 for discovering an ‘inner GPS’ in the brain.

'World's slowest Doppler effect' found in embryo development

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Long-term time-lapse microscopy has elicited surprise findings about the rhythm of body segment formation during embryo development.

Prof John O'Keefe wins Kavli Prize in Neuroscience

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Prof John O'Keefe

On 29 May, the 2014 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience was awarded to Professor John O’Keefe, Director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL and affiliated faculty member in the UCL Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology.

Prof Claudio Stern elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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Prof Stern
Prof Stern

Stern Lab shows that somites can form without a clock

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Prof Claudio Stern
Prof Claudio Stern

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.

The exciting development is outlined in the editor's summary:

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

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Ricardo Larenjerio with winning poster

CDB PhD student Ricardo Laranjeiro has won first prize (£250) in the Division's Research Poster Competition.

CDB grad student Andrew Beale wins 1st prize in UCL Poster Competition

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UCL poster competition

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

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Alzheimers hippocampus square

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

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Prof John O' Keefe

Plans to build a new research centre at UCL have been approved by London Borough of Camden, subject to referral to the Mayor.

Used postal stamps collection for the Leprosy Mission

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Leprosy mission

Change the life of someone else – by saving your used postal stamps.

Leprosy mission

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.

Many thanks for your support, which will raise vital funds for the Leprosy Mission.

Philip Flash, HR & Financial Administration, UCL Estates

Fossil Specimen is the "oldest pregnant lizard we have seen" says Prof Susan Evans

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lizard fossil

CDB's Prof Susan Evans has co-authored a paper, published in Naturwissenschaften, detailing the oldest surviving fossil record of a pregnant lizard.

Prestigious Beddington Medal awarded to CDB graduate Carlos Carmona-Fontaine

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Beddington Medal

Cell and Developmental Biology is delighted to announce that Carlos Carmona-Fontaine, who completed his PhD with Prof. Roberto Mayor last year, will be awarded the prestigious Beddington Medal for 2011 by the British Society for Developmental Biology.

CDB wins 1st prize in UCL Graduate School Competition

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Helen Moore in Prof David Whitmore's lab in CDB, won First Prize in the Life Sciences category of the 2011 UCL Graduate School research poster competition.

UCL voted best place for postdocs to work

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Dr Rodrigo Young

UCL has been voted the best place for postdoctoral researchers to work, for the second consecutive year, in an international survey run by The Scientist magazine.

Zebrafish lab wins two Wellcome Image Awards

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Wellcome Image Awards 2011

Professor Steve Wilson's lab has won two Wellcome Image Awards in this year's competition.  The two winning images from Prof Steve Wilson's lab in CDB are as follows:

Prof Semir Zeki on BBC World Service 'The Forum'

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BBC World Service The Forum

Have you ever wondered what happens to your neural pathways when a beautiful sunset makes you catch your breath? Or when you marvel at a portrait by a grand master?

Love: it’s all the same to the brain

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There are no differences between heterosexuals and homosexuals or between women and men in terms of the brain systems regulating romantic love, according to new UCL research published in the latest issue of PLoS One.

Prof Zeki on how a blind man 'sees' the world

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Picture credit: The Observer

The British painter Sargy Mann was diagnosed with cataracts at 36, and went on to lose his sight completely. But in his mind's eye his vision did not fade.

Crucial sex hormones re-routed by missing molecule

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Anna Cariboni

A hormone responsible for the onset of puberty can end up stuck in the wrong part of the body if the nerve pathways responsible for its transport to the brain fail to develop properly, according to research by CDB funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

CDB Professor appointed Sainsbury Wellcome Centre: Interim Director

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Prof John O'Keefe

UCL is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor John O'Keefe as Interim Director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre.

CDB New Grants Success

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Recent research grants awarded to members of the UCL Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology include the following:

Cells’ grouping tactic points to new cancer treatments

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Dr Roberto Mayor

The mechanism that cells use to group together and move around the body has been discovered by CDB scientists - a finding that has implications for the development of new cancer treatments.

CDB Scientists discover genes 'decide who wins body’s battle with cancer'

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Yasuyuki Fujita

A team of scientists led by Dr Yasuyuki Fujita have discovered that two genes, called Mahjong and Lgl, could be star players in helping to identify how the body’s own cells fight back against cancer cells.

CDB Scientists discover sense of direction is innate

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CDB scientists have discovered that sense of direction is represented in the brains of newborn rats before they have explored their environment.

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