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Individual Assessment Lab 12 - Stem Cells

As part of the assessment for this course, you will give a 10 minutes journal club presentation in lab 12 (28 October 11-1). For this you will have to prepare a powerpoint show as a group to discuss a recent (published after 2010) original research article (not a review!) on stem cell biology or technology. There are lots of interesting articles out there. Please find them on PubMed. Articles published in Nature, Science, Cell or PNAS are usually spectacular pieces of research!

Each group sends PDFs of 2-3 selected articles to me (Annemiek) by 5 pm on Monday 20 October. I will select which of the chosen articles you will present, and inform you asap, and by Friday 24 October latest.

Please note that we will have 8 groups presenting. This means your presentations have to be very concise, and that we will have to stop you if you go over time. As a guideline, each one slide takes about 1 minute to talk through. So do not use more than 10-12 slides total. It works best if one student presents introduction, a second student the results, and a third the discussion. Please read through attached document for tips for presentations.

You will receive a group mark based on presentation content, insight and comprehension, and presentation and slide style. We will penalise for going over time.

Good luck, and looking forward to seeing you again in my stem cell lecture on 27 October!



Overall a really good effort to present complex research data by students who have not yet been exposed to research very often. Most student group had put a lot of effort in putting together a presentation, and usually presentations were well structured. Most presentations were within time. Slide lay out was okay, but could be improved. The students depended too much on text on the slides. The text was often read out. This does not demonstrate or aid comprehension. Images were not used effectively; result panels should be talked through carefully. Always incorporate discussion of methods in description of relevant results section. Do not discuss as a separate section.

Think of the following when presenting a journal club in the future:

  • Use lots of images or figure panels, and very little text, on your slides.
  • Understand the article and the experiments in depth, and know the main messages of each of your slides by heart.
  • Talk through each results panel very carefully.
  • Do only use images if you talk about them.
  • Rehearse presentation, as improvisation is very very hard, especially with limited time that usually is available.

Introduction should give all necessary background to understand the biology of the study, and why the study is important. Do not summarize experimental outcomes as even though this is usually summarized in the very last introduction section. The outcomes will be discussed subsequently in results section, and summarized at the start of the discussion.

Results when talking through start with formulating the aim of experiment 1, then discuss technical approach of exp1 shortly (not too much detail!), discuss the results of exp1: what are outcomes in test vs control groups, what is the conclusion of experiment1. Then make a link to next experiment if you can. Then repeat sequence for exp 2, 3, 4, etc.

Discussion start with quick summary of all experimental results. Then place in larger context. What do we learn from data. How is this of benefit for human health.

Group Comment Mark (10)
  • Lots of effort to place article in larger context
  • Slide lay out could be improved: lots of empty space, use larger images and talk through them
  • Results presentation a bit convoluted. Try to finish discussion of each experiment with a clear conclusion.
  • Repetition of information towards the end
  • One presenter had an unprofessional style of presentation
  • Good well-structured presentation
  • Good introduction
  • Methods discussed separately. Try to avoid this, and incorporate in discussion of experiments. Not sure if technology was understood very well.
  • Good well-structured presentation
  • Do not discuss methods as a separate section
  • Discussion of results not always very clear, comprehension?
Group 4
  • Good well-structured presentation
  • Lots of text on slides, improve talking through images, blow up images
  • Good discussion
  • Good well-structured presentation, amount of text on slides relatively good.
  • Figures too small, discussion bit convoluted
  • Slightly over time
  • Good comprehension and well-structured presentation.
  • Too much text on slides
  • Experiments discussed in a lot of detail. Try to be more concise and discuss aim of experiment, approach, summarize results, conclude.
  • No talking through figures
  • Good well-structured presentation, great introduction, inclusion of images in presentation done relatively well.
  • Methods discussed separately. Incorporate methods in discussion of the experiments in the results section.
  • Try not to depend too much on text on your slides
  • Talking through results images was not very clear, comprehension?
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