Int. J. Dev. Biol. 55: 1 - 4 (2011)
doi: 10.1387/ijdb.103184br
© UPV/EHU Press

1st Royan Institute International Summer School on Developmental Biology and Stem Cells

Bernard A.J. Roelen1,2 and Susana M. Chuva de Sousa Lopes3

1Department of Farm Animal Health, 2Equine Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, Utrecht and 3Department of Anatomy & Embryology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands

ABSTRACT From July 12 until July 15 2010, the 1st Royan Institute International Summer School on Developmental Biology and Stem Cells was held at the Royan Institute in Tehran, Iran (Figure 1). This extensive Summer School was devoted to the germ cell cycle and epigenetics and covered subjects such as mammalian preimplantation development, gastrulation, formation of the germ lineage in mammals and the accompanying epigenetic programming. This first Summer School was a great success with around 200 students (MSc and PhD), mostly from Iran. It was enjoyable for students, teachers and organizing staff alike, and the idea is to have an annual follow-up focused on other themes in developmental biology.

Keywords:

Developmental biology, Iran, teaching

*Corresponding author e-mail: b.a.j.roelen@uu.nl