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‘Sleeping’ stem cells could aid regenerative medicine for brain repair

‘Sleeping’ stem cells could aid regenerative medicine for brain repair

Scientists at the Wellcome Trust/ Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, have identified a new type of stem cell in the brain which they say has a high potential for repair following brain injury or disease.

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New studies describe role of glutamate receptor ion channels in cancer progression

New studies describe role of glutamate receptor ion channels in cancer progression

Two studies published in Open Biology and Cancer Cell, co-authored by Hugh Robinson, have shed new light on how glutamate receptor ion channels are involved in cancer progression

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Study shows how muscles regulate their oxygen consumption

Study shows how muscles regulate their oxygen consumption

A new study by Randall Johnson published in Cell Metabolism shows that an enzyme called FIH determines how muscles consume oxygen. Without the enzyme, the need for oxygen increases during physical exercise. The finding is of potential significance to elite athletes, who have been found to have higher levels of FIH in their muscles than others.

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Azim Surani to receive coveted Canada Gairdner International Award for discovery of genomic imprinting

Azim Surani to receive coveted Canada Gairdner International Award for discovery of genomic imprinting

Azim Surani of the Gurdon Institute and Davor Solter of the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics will receive Canada's top research award from the Gairdner Foundation in recognition of their work establishing the field of epigenetics with the discovery of genomic imprinting

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The world's highest lab is uncovering the secrets of extreme fitness

The world's highest lab is uncovering the secrets of extreme fitness

Andrew Murray, part of the Xtreme Everest project, was interviewed by Wired Magazine on the difficulties of testing Sherpas in high altitude, low oxygen environments

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Dr Matt Mason awarded 2018 Pilkington Prize

Dr Matt Mason awarded 2018 Pilkington Prize

The Pilkington Prize award acknowledges excellence in teaching at the University of Cambridge

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How the brain tidies up memories during sleep

How the brain tidies up memories during sleep

Connections between brain cells are refined during sleep in a way that makes a memory stand out without interfering with previously stored memories, new study by Ole Paulsen's group shows

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The body in miniature - organoid research at Meritxell Huch's lab

The body in miniature - organoid research at Meritxell Huch's lab

Dr Laura Broutier from Huch's lab interviewed about recent advancements in organoids on the latest issue of Research Horizons

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PDN scientists discover the secrets behind the cuttlefish’s 3D ‘invisibility cloak’

PDN scientists discover the secrets behind the cuttlefish’s 3D ‘invisibility cloak’

An international team of scientists led by Trevor Wardill has identified the neural circuits that enable cuttlefish to change their appearance in just the blink to eye – and discovered that this is similar to the neural circuit that controls iridescence in squids.

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The honeycomb maze provides a novel test to study hippocampal-dependent spatial navigation

The honeycomb maze provides a novel test to study hippocampal-dependent spatial navigation

A powerful new tool for the study of spatial memory was today described in Nature as a significant improvement over the standard, the Morris Water Maze. The study was led by the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre in collaboration with PDN's Julija Krupic

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Female sexual behavior in mice is controlled by kisspeptin neurons

Female sexual behavior in mice is controlled by kisspeptin neurons

An international research team which included Prof Bill Colledge has made a major advancement in understanding how the brain controls sexual behaviour, published in Nature Communications.

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Meritxell Huch awarded WICB Medal

Meritxell Huch awarded WICB Medal

Dr Meritxell has received the 2018 Women in Cell Biology Early Career Medal from the British Society for Cell Biology

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OCD film wins Openness Award for depiction of animal research at Cambridge

A series of films illustrating how research using animals is helping further our understanding of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) was awarded the 2017 Openness Award in the category of Website or Use of New Media

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Scientists at PDN shed light on the mechanisms of early pregnancy loss

Scientists at PDN shed light on the mechanisms of early pregnancy loss

Using a newly developed technique to culture mouse and human embryos in vitro beyond implantation, PDN researchers led by Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz show how alteration of the first morphological transformation can lead to pregnancy termination

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Dino Giussani given 2017 Nick Hales Award

Dino Giussani given 2017 Nick Hales Award

Prof Giussani has received the prize from the International Society for Developmental Origins of Health & Disease

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Harder for T cells to fight cancer in absence of VEGF-A

Harder for T cells to fight cancer in absence of VEGF-A

New research by Randall Johnson about the role of VEGF-A in helping T-cells in low oxygen environments makes the cover of Cancer Cell

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Sheep are able to recognise human faces from photographs

Sheep are able to recognise human faces from photographs

Sheep can be trained to recognise human faces from photographic portraits – and can even identify the picture of their handler without prior training – according to new research from Jenny Morton's lab

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Cambridge Postgraduate Pioneers - Sarah Harrison

Cambridge Postgraduate Pioneers - Sarah Harrison

Sarah Harrison, a final year PhD student at PDN, is featured in the University's Postgraduate Pioneer article series.

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Skin found to play a role in controlling blood pressure

Skin found to play a role in controlling blood pressure

New study by Randall Johnson on eLife shows that skin reacts to the changes in oxygen in the air to regulate blood pressure and hearth rate

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Scientific Reports: tiny Brazilian frogs are deaf to their own calls

Scientific Reports: tiny Brazilian frogs are deaf to their own calls

New research by Matt Mason in collaboration with other scientists shows that two species of small forest frogs are unable to perceive the sound of their own voices

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Genome editing reveals role of gene important for human embryo development

Genome editing reveals role of gene important for human embryo development

CTR researchers have revealed the role of the OCT4 gene in human embryos in the first few days of development. This is the first time that genome editing has been used to study gene function in human embryos.

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The Super Abilities of Insects

The Super Abilities of Insects

Roger Hardie and Paloma Gonzalez Bellido talk about the amazing abilities of flies on BBC World Service Radio

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PDN members awarded prizes at IFPA 2017

PDN members awarded prizes at IFPA 2017

Nadejda Capatina, Hannah Yong and Joanna Rakoczy received prizes at the International Federation of Placenta Associations meeting in Manchester

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RNA docking and local translation control axon remodelling in vivo

RNA docking and local translation control axon remodelling in vivo

New research by Christine Holt's lab published in Neuron shows that local mRNA translation is a key determinant in the branching of axons and thus important in building the complexity of the brain

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Exploring the evidence around embryo mortality: Gavin Jarvis on F1000Research

Exploring the evidence around embryo mortality: Gavin Jarvis on F1000Research

In this blog post Gavin Jarvis talks us through his work and inspiration behind looking into the evidence to answer the question, 'how do we know how many embryos die?'

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