Update from Your SDB President


Dear Members of the Society for Developmental Biology,

As we begin a new chapter in 2024, I am thrilled to share some key updates and announcements regarding the SDB’s upcoming activities.

Annual Meetings: Our 2023 Annual SDB Meeting in Chicago was a great success with close to 900 participants. Building on this momentum, we are eagerly anticipating our 2024 meeting, which is scheduled for July 14-17 in Atlanta, GA. The agenda for the 2024 Annual Meeting is now finalized, promising a platform to explore cutting-edge research, gain valuable insights, and engage in great networking opportunities. The upcoming symposium will feature a wide range of topics in developmental biology, including areas like self-organization, environmental adaptation mechanisms, epigenetic memory, disease development, metabolic regulation, embryogenesis, morphogenesis, stem cell research, synthetic systems, and evolutionary studies. The aim is to bring together diverse research on both model and non-model organisms under the unified principles of developmental biology. With an exciting lineup of speakers and more than 50% of session slots yet to be filled from abstract submissions, we are gearing up for an exciting experience. Stay tuned for detailed announcements on our meeting website.

Our Mission: The mission of SDB is multifaceted, from advancing developmental biology and related disciplines to fostering ethical scientific practices. We are committed to organizing scientific meetings, workshops, and providing resources for professional development. Our role as a communication hub for developmental biologists is something we take pride in. In addition to organizing national and regional meetings, we offer a range of other services including providing travel awards, professional development courses (like Choose Development!, GetHIRED!, and New Faculty Boot Camp), and sponsoring the Ethel Browne Harvey Postdoctoral Seminar Series. Please visit our website to explore our career development and outreach programs and find out how we are nurturing a vibrant developmental biology community.

Support Your Journey. The activities mentioned above are supported by membership dues, donations, grants, and contributions from the Society’s official journal, Developmental Biology (DB). This brings me to an important reminder: DB relies on your support. Despite the myriad of publishing options available today, our society journal remains a pillar of our community. It not only offers expert reviewers, but also streamlined, expedited review processes. Choosing to publish in our official journal does more than disseminate your research to a wider audience, it also financially supports the various activities crucial to SDB's mission. The editorial team is committed to making the review process and publication smoother and more rapid for your manuscript. Additionally, DB’s Open Access publication costs are kept at a reasonable rate (or are free if you choose the subscription model). Last but not least, DB imposes no page limits or charge for color figures. I encourage you to consider Developmental Biology for your next publication.

Remember, SDB exists because of your unwavering support.

Wishing you a productive year ahead!

Ken Cho, Ph.D.
SDB President

Last Updated 02/07/2024