CDB Seminars
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All Seminars are held in the Gavin De Beer Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building, Thursday 1-2pm (unless otherwise stated)

All welcome.

Wednesday June 29th 

Dr Richard Poole, UCL CDB
Title: Many ways to make a neuron? Asymmetric embryonic lineages and post-embryonic glia-to-neuron transitions
Host: Prof Claudio Stern

JZ Young Lecture Theatre NB: Change of venue
Thursday June 30th - JZ Young Lecture Theatre NB: Change of venue

Hyung Chul (Stern Lab) Different combinations of signal inputs for specific cellular events to establish          embryonic axis

Johanna Buchler (Salinas Lab) The Wnt co-receptor LRP6 and synapse regulation

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C. elegans - his and hers

CDB's Richard Poole and Arantza Barrios discover extra brain cells make males remember sex

  C. elegans - his and hers  

Tedesco Lab makes the cover of July's Nature Protocols Journal

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Nature Protocols Cover Image

An image from a Tedesco Lab paper published in July's Nature Protocols has featured on the Journal's cover.

The image shows multinucleated skeletal myotubes derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells generated from a person with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and assessed by immunofluorescence staining for myosin heavy chain (red). Nuclei are shown in blue.

Sara M Maffioletti is the lead author on the paper, entitled Efficient derivation and inducible differentiation of expandable skeletal myogenic cells from human ES and patient-specific iPS cells.

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CDB Trio Win Provost Teaching Award

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CDb Logo

Chris Barnes, Gerold Baier and Phil Lewis have completed a celebratory hat trick for CDB, being recognised by the Provost for their excellent work on the SysMIC project. The trio won in the Team Collaboration and Achievement in Teaching Category.

Geraint Rees, Dean of Life Sciences, said "Chris, Gerold and Phil are the UCL-based core team for the SysMIC project and have done, and are doing, a superb job.  They are now beginning to permeate their interdisciplinary and technical expertise throughout the Division as consultants, providers of new 3rd-year teaching modules, a new statistics course on UCL eXtend and also Doctoral School short courses - may be there will be more awards to come."

Everyone in CDB sends their congratulations to the team for this well deserved award.

CDB's week long Mitochrondrial Biology Workshop a great success

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CDB's Prof Michael Duchen and Dr Gyorgy Szabadkai have hosted a week long Mitochrondial Biology workshop in London, attracting 180 people from all across the globe.

The event, entitled "Principles of Mitochrondrial biology, Metabolism and Bioenergetics in Health and Disease" attracted registrants from Italy, Germany, Sweden, Norway, the Czech Republic, Romania, Brazil and the United States.

Further details, including full content of the program, can be found on the MiPschool website at: http://mitochondria.cs.ucl.ac.uk/mip2015/

Prof Lewis Wolpert wins Waddington Medal

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Waddington Medal
Waddington Medal

The British Society for Developmental Biology (BSDB) have awarded CDB’s Emeritus Professor Lewis Wolpert the prestigious Waddington Medal in recognition of his landmark and outstanding contribution to the field. The award, named in honour of C.H. Waddington, recognises outstanding research performance as well as services to the developmental biology community. Previous CDB winners include Claudio Stern and David Ish-Horowicz.

Announcement link on the BSDB site: http://bsdb.org/awards/the-waddington-medal/

CDB's Prof Fred Spoor unveils computer reconstruction of human fossil that sheds light on our origins

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Handy man 1

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!

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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

Informal inquiries to Michael Duchen (m.duchen@ucl.ac.uk) or to Jane Inge (j.inge@ucl.ac.uk

Recipients of Bogue Fellowships Announced

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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

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Science Signaling Journal Cover
Science Signaling Journal Cover

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

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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:

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