17th International Congress for

17th International Congress for Developmental Biology

72nd SDB Annual Meeting

VII LASDB International Meeting

XI Congreso de la SMBD




The 17th International Congress for Developmental Biology was held jointly with meetings of the Society for Developmental Biology, Latin American Society for Developmental Biology and Sociedad Mexicana de Biología del Desarrollo, at the Cancun Center, Cancun, Mexico, June 16-20, 2013. 


The Scientific Program Committee was composed of Vivian Irish (SDB President), Claudio Stern (ISDB President, José Xavier Neto (LASDB President, Adriana Garay (SMBD President) and Juan Riesgo Escovar (SMBD).  The Organizing Committee members were Mario Zurita (SMBD and LASDB), Ida Chow (SDB) and Stefan Schulte-Merker (ISDB). The team was assisted locally by INTERMeeting.

The official Congress website is at:

The final program of the Congress can be found at: http://www.inb.unam.mx/isdb/icdb_program.pdf and at: http://www.sdbonline.org/2013Mtg/ICDB_Program.pdf

The abstracts are posted at: http://www.sdbonline.org/2013Mtg/Abstracts.pdf and the author index at: http://www.sdbonline.org/2013Mtg/AuthorIndex.pdf




The total number of registrants was 724, with the following distribution: 333 principal investigators (PIs), 115 postdoctoral fellows, 253 students and 23 exhibitors.  The number of participants by country was: USA (363), Mexico (70), UK (55), Canada (34), Japan (30), Germany (18), Chile (18), China (15), France (11), Australia and Spain (9), Sweden (7), Brazil and Israel (6), Korea and The Netherlands (5), Belgium, Portugal and Switzerland (4), Argentina, Czech Republic, Puerto Rico and Singapore (3), Austria, Finland, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia (2), and one participant for each of the following countries: Bulgaria, Denmark, Grenada, India, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa and Taiwan.

The total number of abstracts submitted was 592, of which 85 were selected for short talks and 488 scheduled for poster sessions.  Forty-eight invited speakers from around the world spoke at the two plenary sessions, 21 concurrent sessions and three education sessions. 

Society Awards


Five award recipients were recognized and gave respective award lectures:


Janet Rossant
(ISDB Harrison Medal

Roberto Mayor (right) receiving
LASDB Prize from José Xavier
Neto (LASDB President)

Marianne Bronner (SDB
Conklin Medal), John Fallon
(DB-SDB Lifetime Achievement
Award) and Bill Wood (SDB
Hamburger Outstanding Educator



2013 Best Student Poster Competition


International Society of Developmental Biologists

(Open to students and postdocs; recipients listed in alphabetical order)

Elias Barriga
, Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile 
(EMBO prize).
Hypoxia regulates neural crest migration by promoting chemotaxis and epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition. Barriga, Elias (Univ Andres Bello, Chile); Maxwell, Patrick H. (Univ College of London, UK); Reyes, Ariel E (Univ Andrés Bello, Chile); Mayor, Roberto (Univ College of London, UK)

Rachael Inglis
, University of Cambridge, UK (EMBO prize). Sp5l is a novel transcription factor involved in the establishment of left-right asymmetry in early zebrafish development. Inglis, Rachael (Univ of Cambridge,UK); Nelson, Andrew; Soong, Daniel (King's College London, UK); Amack, Jeffrey (SUNY Upstate Medical Univ, USA); Wardle, Fiona (King's College London, UK)  

Kimberly Johnson
, Univ of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA (ISDB award). Kif11 dependent cell cycle progression in radial glial cells is required for proper neurogenesis in the zebrafish neural tube. Johnson, Kimberly A. (U Mass Amherst, USA); Moriarty, Chelsea; Tania, Nessy; Ortman, Alissa; DiPietrantonio, Kristina; Edens, Brittany; Eisenman, Jean; Ok Deborah; Krikorian, Sarah; Gole, Christophe; Barresi, Michael (Smith College, USA)

Yoshihiro Komatsu
, Univ of Michigan, USA (APDBN prize). Smad-Dependent BMP Signaling Thought Type 1a Receptor in Cranial Neural Crest Cells Directs Their Cell Fate Towards Chondrocytes to Cause Craniosynostosis. Mishina, Yuji; Komatsu, Yoshihiro (University of Michigan, USA)

Julian Sosnik
, Univ of California-Irvine, USA (COB Development prize). Visualizing endogenous morphogen gradients and their modulation in vivo. Sosnik, Julian;  Zheng, Likun; Digman, Michelle; Nie, Qing; Gratton, Enrico; Schilling, Thomas (UC Irvine, USA)




Sociedad Mexicana de Biología del Desarrollo


1st Place
Gerardo del Toro, CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico. Paternal contributions to early embryogenesis of Arabidopsis thaliana: A functional genetic approach. Del Toro, Gerardo Del Toro; García-Aguilar, Marcelina; Gillmor, Stewart


2nd Place
Sabina Citlati Wischin Fuentes
, UNAM, Mexico. Chemical activation of Wnt/Beta-catenin blocks limb regeneration at two different stages. Wischin Fuentes, Sabina Citlali, Robles-Flores, Martha; Chimal-Monroy, Jesús

3rd Place
Dafne Ibarra Morales, Instituto de Biotecnologia, UNAM, Mexico
ATRX function during zebrafish early development. Ibarra Morales, Dafne Andrea; Schnabel Peraza, Denhi;Salas Vidal, Enrique; Lomeli Buyoli, Hilda; Zurita Ortega, Mario




Latin American Society for Developmental Biology
1st Place
Eduardo Pulgar, ICBM-BNI, Universidad de Chile, Chile (SDB LAC Scholarship). Opposing tensile forces and migratory behaviour drive tissue convergence during zebrafish laterality organ development. Pulgar, Eduardo; Santibañez, Felipe; Härtel, Steffen; Concha, Miguel

2nd Place
Diego Rojas, Universidad de Chile, Chile (SDB LAC Scholarship). A transfer RNAs (tRNAs) post-transcriptional modification and cell growth in Drosophila. Rojas, Diego; Glavic, Alvaro

3rd Place
Brenda Araceli López Falcon Piza, UNAM-Cuernavaca, Mexico (genesis Travel Award). The ATRX gene is separated in Drosophila:description of the xnp2 gene. López Falcón Piza, Brenda Araceli; Meyer Nava, Silvia; Montero Barrera, Daniel; Hernández Rodríguez, Benjamín; Zurita, Mario

4th Place
Mario Sánchez, Universidad de Chile, Chile. Schwann cells negatively regulate lateral line neuromast regeneration in zebrafish. Sánchez,Mario; Allende, Miguel

Honorable Mention
Maraysa de Oliveira Melo, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil. Lens placode apical actin network: the role of PAR3 and ROCK. Melo, Maraysa de Oliveira; Borges, Ricardo; Yan, Chao

Society for Developmental Biology

1st place
Jessica Murray, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA. The effect of methylmercury on neural gene expression in zebra finch development. Murray, Jessica R.; Ramos, Claire; Cristol, Dan; Saha, Margaret

2nd place
Wendy Herbst, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA. The role of calcium activity in neuronal phenotype specification. Herbst, Wendy A.; Rabe, Brian A.; Saha, Margaret S.
1st Place Kara Nordin, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA. Modulation of SoxE function in the Neural Crest by the SoxD family protein, Sox5. Nordin, Kara Marie

2nd Place
Hye Ji Cha, University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA; (genesis Travel Award). Evolutionarily repurposed networks reveal the well-known antifungal drug Ttiabendazole to be a novel vascular disrupting agent and it acts through Microtubule-associated Proteins. Cha, Hye Ji; Byrom, Michelle (UT-Austin, USA); Mead, Paul (St Jude Chidren’s Res Hosp, USA. Ellington, Andrew; Wallingford, John; Marcotte, Edward (UT- Austin, USA)

3rd Place
Kathryn Ellis, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA. Notochord vacuoles are lysosome-related organelles that function in embryonic axis elongation and spine morphogenesis. Ellis, Kathryn Leigh; Bagwell, Jennifer; Bagnat, Michel

Honorable Mention
Melissa Pickett, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA. A Novel Non-cholinergic role for Acetylcholinesterase in Gut Morphogenesis. Pickett, Melissa Anne; Nascone-Yoder, Nanette

Honorable Mention
Julio Belmonte, University of Indiana at Bloomington, IN, USA. Modeling somitogenesis with and without a clock. Belmonte, Julio M. (Indiana U-Bloomington, USA); Dias, Ana (University College London, UK); Susan, Hester (U of Arizona, USA); Clendenon, Sherry; Gens, Scott (Indiana U-Bloomington, USA); Stern, Claudio (Univ Coll London, UK); Glazier, James (Indiana U- Bloomington, USA)





Closing/Awards banquet

Closing/Awards banquet




Juan Riesgo, Vivian Irish
and Mario Zurita