The use of chimaeras to study developmental mechanisms:
from lineage tracing to disease models

Sponsored by the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund


It is our greatest pleasure to welcome you to the 2016 BSDB autumn meeting that will be held from the 28-30 August in Edinburgh. This conference is our only theme driven meeting for 2016 and provides a unique forum to network and socialise with a wide cross-section of the developmental biology and stem cell community.

In this meeting we will explore the importance that chimeric analysis has had on our understanding of developmental mechanisms. Our speakers have made seminal contributions to the field using a diversity of organisms, including slime moulds, plants, chick, mouse and human. Our plenary speakers, Profs Nicole le Douarin and Richard Gardner have been at the forefront of research in the area, and their work has laid the foundations to our understanding of cell fate and plasticity in vertebrates. The sessions of the meeting will cover lineage tracing and potency, signalling mechanisms, regenerative therapy and human, disease models and gene function, and therefore will provide a broad perspective on how chimeras have shaped our understanding of developmental and stem cell biology.

Additionally, we have been fortunate enough to be able to organise this meeting at the end of the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, providing the attendees with a unique opportunity to enjoy not only an excellent scientific meeting, but also the cultural offerings of this wonderful city.

We look forward to seeing you in Edinburgh!


Conference Organisers




Jenny Nichols
Embryonic Pluripotency, Stem Cell Institute
Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
University of Cambridge





Tristan Rodriguez
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine

National Heart and Lung Institute,  Imperial College London