8th European Zebrafish Meeting – registration open!

The “8th European Zebrafish Meeting” will be held at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, 9-13 July 2013.  Organisers include Berta Alsina, from the CEXS-UPF, as well as Angela Nieto (CSIC-Alicante), Paola Bovolenta (CSIC-Madrid), Jose Luis Gómez-Skarmeta (CSIC-Sevilla), Enrique Martin Blanco (CSIC,Barcelona) and Miguel Angel Pardo (Azti-Tecnalia, Derio). The meeting is intended to serve as a platform of communication for researchers working in zebrafish, a community that has expanded exponentially over the last decade. The  European biannual meeting. Among many others, topics will cover new advances in life imaging, patterning, disease models, gene regulation and genomics, circuits and behaviour, drug screening and cancer. Prof … Continue reading 8th European Zebrafish Meeting – registration open!

The extra finger of the chicken

The extra finger of the chicken In this image from the CMRB we can see the induction of an extra finger in the interdigital space of a chicken. This finger has grown thanks to a microsphere (the blue dot in the image) that is covered in Activin A, a molecule with the ability to form cartilage. The microsphere was introduced in the interdigital space of the chicken embryo when it was 5 days old. After incubating it for 3 more days, the Activin A has induced the formation of the finger. Continue reading The extra finger of the chicken

“The better the people around you are, the better you are yourself”

An interview recently published in Ellipse, the monthly magazine of the PRBB. Born in Argentina 59 years ago to a Galician father and a mother from Madrid, Fernando Giráldez grew up between Buenos Aires, Santander, Madrid and Valladolid, where he studied medicine. Ten years ago he joined the CEXS-UPF, where he became director from 2003 until 2006. His hobbies are cooking, history and marathon-running. Did you always want to be a scientist?  I chose medicine because it straddles the sciences and humanities. In the seventies, research was still a dream, only done by a few professors in universities. One of them, … Continue reading “The better the people around you are, the better you are yourself”

The path to life of the zebrafish

This picture of the department of Histology and Bioimaging of the CRMB shows different stages of Zebrafish embryonic development using a confocal laser microscope. The actin is stained red and in blue the yolk, which feeds the developing embryo. The phases are fist one cell, then two cells, four, and finally the result 48 hours after fertilization. Continue reading The path to life of the zebrafish

Coloring the formation of the skeleton

During the endochondral bone formation of vertebrates, the mesenchyme condensates and gives rise to cartilage which eventually is replaced by bone. In the picture performed by Ulrike Brandt-Bohne from the Genes and Disease Department of the CRG the bones of a newborn mouse are stained pink and the cartilages which are not ossified stained blue with an Alcian Blue/Alzizarin Red Skeletal Staining procedure. The aim of this staining was to visualize the skeletal structure of WT (wild type) versus mutant mouse models in order to detect changes in the skeletal morphology. Continue reading Coloring the formation of the skeleton

Moving in, moving out

With more than 1,400 people working at the PRBB, the movement of researchers coming and going is constant. One of the most recent acquisitions is Eduard Sabidó, who has just arrived to be the new head of the CRG/UPF Proteomics Unit. Eduard is coming from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich (ETHZ)  and will be leading this core facility which offers service to the whole park and beyond. A new young group leader has also joined the CRG recently. The French molecular biologist Guillaume Filion (who, as we mentioned in an earlier post, is currently looking for a postdoc) was … Continue reading Moving in, moving out