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
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.
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.
Graham Burton, Abigail Fowden and Kent Thornburg from PDN and CTR featured in an article on Physiological Reviews
Prof Christine Holt from the PDN has received the 2016 Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award, the largest in the world in the field of vision
Professor Andrea Brand and Professor David Klenerman have been awarded Royal Society Research Professorships.
The University of Cambridge is proud to be hosting the first Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 2 November 2016.
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.
The Royal Society award recognizes Holt's work in understanding molecular mechanisms involved in nerve growth, guidance and targeting
Prof Ole Paulsen will step in as acting HoD for the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience in October
CTR and PDN researchers featured on the cover with article about three-dimensional modeling of human placental terminal villi
Christine Holt's lab research featured on Cell examines axon translation during development of retinal ganglion cells through RNA sequencing
Our lecturer among twelve Academics honoured by University’s 23rd Pilkington Prizes
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
Fiona Duncan, our Departmental Administrator, has received the British Empire Medal for services to higher education.
Actomyosin boundaries that form during the development and act as mechanical barriers that sort cells during tissue elongation
Richard Adams, Guy Blanchard, Benedicte Sanson and Robert Tetley featured on eElife journal
The two PDN have received commendations for their work in teaching during the CUSU Teaching Awards 2016.
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.
Cecilia Brassett and collegues speak about how body donations can help medical science.
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.
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.
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.
Killer flies: how brain size affects hunting strategy in the insect world - Paloma Gonzalez-Bellido on Research Horizons
Cambridge researchers are studying what makes a brain efficient and how that affects behaviour in insects.
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.
PDN researcher Dr Erica Watson has been awarded the Lister Institute Research Prize for her promising work in transgenerational epigenetic effects of folate metabolism.