International Congress for Developmental Biology
SDB Annual Meeting
LASDB International Meeting
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:
The abstracts are posted
and the author index at:
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
Five award recipients were
recognized and gave respective award lectures:
(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
Society of Developmental Biologists
(Open to students and
postdocs; recipients listed in alphabetical order)
Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile
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)
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,
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)
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
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
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
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
Dafne Ibarra Morales, Instituto de Biotecnologia, UNAM, Mexico
ATRX function during zebrafish early development. Ibarra Morales, Dafne
Schnabel Peraza, Denhi;Salas Vidal, Enrique; Lomeli Buyoli, Hilda; Zurita
Latin American Society
for Developmental Biology
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
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
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
Mario Sánchez, Universidad de Chile, Chile. Schwann cells negatively regulate lateral line neuromast regeneration in zebrafish. Sánchez,Mario; Allende, Miguel
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
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
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.
Kara Nordin, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA. Modulation of SoxE function in the Neural Crest by the SoxD family protein, Sox5. Nordin, Kara Marie
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)
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
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
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)
Juan Riesgo, Vivian Irish
and Mario Zurita