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An ‘electric’ Travelling Fellowship – putting transmembrane potential to the measure.

3 March 2023

Sofia and her co-workers from the travelling fellowship.

The transmembrane potential (Vmem) is the difference in electrical potential across a cell membrane, acute changes in Vmem can result in multiple differences in cellular signalling pathways and cell processes such as differentiation, proliferation and cell:cell communication.

A Travelling Fellowship revealing the age-old movements of killer whales

3 March 2023

Travelling Fellowship recipient working analysing Whale tooth dentine at her work bench

The teeth of killer whales grow in layers, layers that can be analysed to reveal the diet of an individual animal, over the course of a specific time frame. Material from inside the teeth cavity, known as dentine, can be extracted and stable isotope analysis used to investigate ecological behaviours such as large-scale movements. Maeva Terrapon, a student from the University of St Andrews used a Travelling Fellowship from Journal of Experimental Biology, to investigate the ecology of killer whales alongside fellow researchers at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Winnipeg, Canada.

Decolonising and Diversifying Biosciences Education – a focus on inclusivity and sustainability

8 March 2023

By Catherine Mansfield

The symposium ‘Decolonising and Diversifying Biosciences Education’ took place from 19-20 December 2022 at Robinson College, Cambridge. This meeting was organised by Dr Catherine Mansfield, Dr Katharine Hubbard, Dr Tina Joshi and Isaiah Ting, with funding and support from the Society for Experimental Biology.

Funding sustainable travel to the British Neuroscience Association meeting

27 February 2023

The British Neuroscience Association (BNA) held their festive symposium, ‘Have your mental health a merry little Christmas’, in Edinburgh on 12 December 2022.

Extending our Open Access initiatives to China

17 January 2023

“It is important for more people to have access to others’ research results. This benefits the entire community.” Professor Wei Xie, Tsinghua University.

The Company of Biologists has had a long-standing commitment to Open Access (OA) as we believe it benefits science. Why? Because publishing articles immediately OA enables scientists in all parts of the world to read, share and re-use the latest research in our peer-reviewed journals.

Reflections from our Creative Science Writing Workshop

31 March 2023

Last summer, we hosted a Creative Science Writing Workshop. Organised by Buzz Baum, Enrico Coen, Mark Miodownik and Jennifer Rohn, the Workshop connected aspiring writers with established authors and agents, and aimed to nurture new voices in science writing. In this video, Jennifer Rohn, Kat Arney and Brent Foster reflect on the Workshop and discuss what they will take away from the experience.

Continuing our commitment to the Global South

15 March 2023

Map of the world with Global South countries highlighted in red

As we open applications for 2025 Workshop proposals, we are delighted to announce that one of these Workshops will again be reserved for organisers based in a Global South (GS) country*. This initiative was launched in last year’s application round and is part of our commitment to diversifying our Workshop programme so that we can support a wider selection of research communities around the world.

A Travelling Fellowship provides insights into adipogenesis

8 March 2023

The 14-3-3 protein family comprises a group of scaffold proteins implicated in metabolic processes. Using a Travelling Fellowship from Journal of Cell Science, Samanta Del Veliz visited Gareth Lim’s lab to investigate the role of these proteins in mesenchymal stem cell differentiation.

Attending an EMBO practical course with a DMM Conference Travel Grant

1 February 2023

With the help of a DMM Conference Travel Grant, Jazib Shafiq was recently able to travel from Pakistan to attend the EMBO practical course on metabolite and species dynamics in microbial communities.

Getting to grips with microphysiological systems at the India-EMBO Lecture Course

A group of meeting attendees looking up at the camera from the lawn outside the conference venue.

16 January 2023

Microphysiological systems (MPS), including organoids and organs-on-a-chip, have received growing attention in recent years. The first meeting in India to focus on this topic was held from 31 October – 4 November 2022, and was part of the India-EMBO Lecture Course series. The Company of Biologists was delighted to help support the meeting with funding that contributed to student accommodation waivers. The meeting brought together students and experts from across India and around the world, and included hands-on sessions to help participants really get to grips with MPS research.

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