Jeanes AI, Maya-Mendoza A, Streuli CH. (2011) Manipulating the cellular microenvironment extends the proliferation window of primary luminal mammary epithelial cultures. PLoS ONE 6: e18144. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0018144.
Tan, K.T., McGrouther, D.A., Day, A.J., Milner, C.M. & Bayat. A. (2011) Characterisation of hyaluronan and TSG-6 in skin scarring: differential distribution in keloid scars, normal scars and unscarred skin. J. Eur. Acad. Dermatol. Venereol 25, 317-327.
Meeting of the German Society for Connective Tissue Research in Cologne, 1 April. The 3D structure of collagen VI microfibrils and the role of metal-ions in their conformation and assembly.
3dr Latin American Stem Cell Network Symposium, Palacio de la Antigua Escuela de Medicina, UNAM, México, D.F, 14-15 March. Crosstalk between Notch and Wnt signalling pathways in mammals.
British Society for Surgery of the Hand, Lowry Art and Entertainment Centre, Salford Quays, 31 March. Tendon structure and micro-structure.
European Renal Cell Study Group, 24-27 March. Novel glomerular matrix components identified by mass spectrometry and proteomics.
Following on from the successful science night, Mike is happy to report that all the Poynton Beavers received their Science Activity Badge this week.
Took part in: Células troncales: ciencia, ética y legislación (Stem cells: science, ethics and legislation), at the Palacio de la Antigua Escuela de Medicina, UNAM in Mexico DF. In this event the National Autonomic University of Mexico, the National board of Science and Technology and the institute of de Federal District of Science and Technology, invited people in general to know more about the recent scientific advances, to debate about ethics and to get information about the actual legislation of stem cells in different countries. There were a several talks and in the breaks the public could come to us (the students) to ask any doubts about stem cell research and so on.
Was invited to attend a Science Speed Dating event at Crystal Palace Academy on 23 March. It was part of a careers day that gave the A-level students at the academy an opportunity to find out more about careers in Science.
UK National Stem Cell Network, York. 30 March-1 April. Stem cell fractionation using interactions with artificial matrices.
1st annual IRS Research Symposium, Oxford, 22 March. The roles of TSG-6 and inter-alpha-inhibitor in cumulus matrix expansion during murine and human ovulation.
The Body Experience
‘The Body Experience' was a major Life Science event held at the Manchester Museum on Saturday 19 March, and was a huge success! The event saw people from across the Centre and the Faculty of Life Sciences take over all floors of the museum in celebration of National Science and Engineering Week.
Despite the glorious sunshine, hundreds of visitors descended on the museum to collect their ‘Body Experience Passports’ and work their way through the museum visiting each stand to collect stamps in their passports.
The public were tricked and tested by the eyes with Simon Clark and Liam Ridge before testing how kidneys work (with huge vats of (artificial) wee!) with Rachel Lennon. There was the opportunity to make body-like slime with Dave Thornton, Tracey Speake, Heather Davies, Luke Bonser and Louise Walkin, and to measure your own lung volume and watch a (recorded!) bronchoscopy. Nasreen Akhtar and Jen Lindsey together with Paulina Moreno-Lyseca, Nicholas Rooney, Clara Gildea and Julia Cheung enthused the public about the importance of breasts through a whole host of games which the public loved! That is not to forget testing how tendons work, with Tom Owens and Sue Taylor through X-Box Kinect and the ever-popular Chocolate Challenge!
A huge thank you to each and every member of the Cell-Matrix Centre who contributed to what was a fantastic event, and to those of you who brought families and friends along to join in the fun.
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