The International Journal of Developmental Biology

Int. J. Dev. Biol. 54: S1 - S14 (2010)

Vol 54, Issue 10

Patterning the nervous system through development and evolution

Open Access | Meeting Report | Published: 8 November 2010

Alain Ghysen*,1,2, Christine Dambly-Chaudière1,2 and David W. Raible3

1INSERM U881, Montpellier, France2Université Montpellier 2, Montpellier, France3University of Washington, Seattle, USA


We report presentations and discussions at a meeting held in May 2010 in the small village of Minerve, in the south of France. The meeting was devoted mostly but not exclusively to patterning in the nervous system, with an emphasis on two model organisms, Drosophila Melanogaster and Danio rerio. Among the major issues presented were fear and its neuroanatomy, life in darkness, patterning of sensory systems, as well as fundamental issues of neural connectivity, including the role of lineage in neural development. Talks on large-scale patterning and re-patterning, and on the mouse as a third model system, concluded the meeting.


patterning, nervous system, Drosophila, Danio rerio, evolution, fear

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