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Target detection in insects: optical, neural and behavioral optimizations

Target detection in insects: optical, neural and behavioral optimizations

New review from Paloma Gonzalez-Bellido and Samuel Fabian on Current Opinion in Neurobiology highlights how compound eyes in insects may be beneficial for visualizing small, fast targets

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Neurons feel the force – physical interactions control brain development

Neurons feel the force – physical interactions control brain development

Researchers have identified a new mechanism controlling brain development: that neurons not only ‘smell’ chemicals in their environment, but also ‘feel’ their way through the developing brain.

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Placenta plays pivotal “umpire” role to influence pregnancy outcomes

Placenta plays pivotal “umpire” role to influence pregnancy outcomes

New research provides the first clear evidence that the amount of nutrients transported to the foetus by the placenta adjusts according to both the foetal drive for growth, and the mother’s physical ability to provide.

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Placental origins of chronic diseases

Placental origins of chronic diseases

Graham Burton, Abigail Fowden and Kent Thornburg from PDN and CTR featured in an article on Physiological Reviews

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Christine Holt awarded €1 million prize for research on connection between eye and brain

Christine Holt awarded €1 million prize for research on connection between eye and brain

Prof Christine Holt from the PDN has received the 2016 Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award, the largest in the world in the field of vision

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Andrea Brand awarded Royal Society Research Professorship

Andrea Brand awarded Royal Society Research Professorship

Professor Andrea Brand and Professor David Klenerman have been awarded Royal Society Research Professorships.

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Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day

Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day

The University of Cambridge is proud to be hosting the first Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 2 November 2016.

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Hiat1 gene is required for male fertility in mice

Hiat1 gene is required for male fertility in mice

Bill Colledge and Peter Wooding show how Hiat1 gene disruption is linked to abnomal sperm and infertility in mice in an study published on Reproduction.

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Prof Christine Holt awarded Ferrier Medal 2017

Prof Christine Holt awarded Ferrier Medal 2017

The Royal Society award recognizes Holt's work in understanding molecular mechanisms involved in nerve growth, guidance and targeting

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Professor Ole Paulsen to become acting Head of Department

Professor Ole Paulsen to become acting Head of Department

Prof Ole Paulsen will step in as acting HoD for the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience in October

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Romina Plitman makes front cover of Placenta journal

Romina Plitman makes front cover of Placenta journal

CTR and PDN researchers featured on the cover with article about three-dimensional modeling of human placental terminal villi

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Local translation of mRNAs in axons is developmentally regulated

Local translation of mRNAs in axons is developmentally regulated

Christine Holt's lab research featured on Cell examines axon translation during development of retinal ganglion cells through RNA sequencing

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Reproducibility: a pathological perspective - Special Article on DMM

Reproducibility: a pathological perspective - Special Article on DMM

The ability to reproduce experimental findings remains essential for the forward movement of science and the application of laboratory findings to the clinic, says Paul Schofield in an article on the journal Disease Models and Mechanisms

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Fiona Duncan awarded British Empire Medal

Fiona Duncan awarded British Empire Medal

Fiona Duncan, our Departmental Administrator, has received the British Empire Medal for services to higher education.

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Scientists develop human embryos beyond implantation stage for first time

Scientists develop human embryos beyond implantation stage for first time

A new technique that allows embryos to develop in vitro beyond the implantation stage (when the embryo would normally implant into the womb) has been developed by Zernicka-Goetz's lab, allowing them to analyse for the first time key stages of human embryo development up to 13 days after fertilisation. The technique could open up new avenues of research aimed at helping improve the chances of success of IVF.

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PDN Anatomists featured on Cambridge News

PDN Anatomists featured on Cambridge News

Cecilia Brassett and collegues speak about how body donations can help medical science.

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Early-stage embryos with abnormalities may still develop into healthy babies

Early-stage embryos with abnormalities may still develop into healthy babies

Abnormal cells in the early embryo are not necessarily a sign that a baby will be born with a birth defect such as Down’s syndrome, suggests new research by Zernicka-Goetz's lab. In a study published in Nature Communications, scientists show that abnormal cells are eliminated and replaced by healthy cells, repairing – and in some cases completely fixing – the embryo.

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Embryo development: Some cells are more equal than others even at four-cell stage

Embryo development: Some cells are more equal than others even at four-cell stage

Genetic ‘signatures’ of early-stage embryos confirm that our development begins to take shape as early as the second day after conception, when we are a mere four cells in size, according to new research led by Magda Zernicka-Goetz's lab and EMBL-EBI. Although they seem to be identical, the cells of the two day-old embryo are already beginning to display subtle differences.

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Old before your time: Study suggests that ageing begins in the womb

Old before your time: Study suggests that ageing begins in the womb

The process of ageing begins even before we are born, according to an international team of researchers led by Dino Giussani. In a study using rats to model pregnancy and fetal development, the researchers also found that providing mothers with antioxidants during pregnancy meant that their offspring aged more slowly in adulthood.

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The amazing axon adventure - Christine Holt on Research Horizons

The amazing axon adventure - Christine Holt on Research Horizons

How does the brain make connections, and how does it maintain them? Cambridge neuroscientists and mathematicians are using a variety of techniques to understand how the brain ‘wires up’, and what it might be able to tell us about degeneration in later life.

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Dr Erica Watson awarded Lister Institute Research Prize

Dr Erica Watson awarded Lister Institute Research Prize

PDN researcher Dr Erica Watson has been awarded the Lister Institute Research Prize for her promising work in transgenerational epigenetic effects of folate metabolism.

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