SDB e-news

  FALL 2015

   Society for Developmental Biology

SDB logo

SDB 75th Annual Meeting to be held in Boston, MA

The Society for Developmental Biology 75th Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the International Society of Differentiation 19th International Conference, August 4 - 8, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts at the Marriott Copley Place.  The 6th Boot Camp for New Faculty will be held August 3 - 4, 2016 at Harvard University.  Satellite Symposium proposals are now being accepted (Deadline: December 1, 2015).  Visit the meeting website for updates.

SDB 74th Annual Meeting Report

The Society for Developmental Biology 74th Annual Meeting in Snowbird, Utah was a success.  To see the final meeting numbers, list of awardees, photos, and a video of participants singing "The Day the Funding Died", check out the 2015 SDB Meeting Report.  Also, don't miss the 2015 Choose Development Fellows' videos.

Message from SDB President Robb Krumlauf

The recent 74th annual meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology held in Snowbird, Utah on July 9-13, 2015 was a stimulating experience. Participants not only learned about important advances in broad areas of developmental biology but enjoyed hearing from many new scientists about how developmental biology also serves as a focal point for integrating innovations from a diverse array of other disciplines. Fresh on the heels of this exciting meeting, planning is already well underway for the 75th Annual Meeting which will be held in Boston at the Marriott Copley Place on August 4-8, 2016.

continue reading

Michael Levine awarded 2015 Conklin Medal

The 2015 Society for Developmental Biology Edwin G. Conklin Medal was awarded to Michael Levine of Princeton University for his extraordinary research contributions to the field of developmental biology and training of the next generation of scientists.  Levine’s extensive work uncovering transcriptional mechanisms in developing fly and sea squirt embryos has enhanced our understanding of gene regulation and evolution.

continue reading

Brigid Hogan awarded 2015 SDB-Developmental Biology Lifetime Achievement Award

The 2015 Developmental Biology-Society for Developmental Biology Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Brigid Hogan of Duke University School of Medicine for her outstanding and sustained research and mentoring contributions to the field of developmental biology.  Hogan pioneered the molecular analysis of early mammalian development.

continue reading

Kathryn Tosney awarded 2015 Hamburger Outstanding Educator Prize

The 2015 Society for Developmental Biology Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Prize was presented to Kathryn Tosney of the University of Miami for her outstanding contributions to developmental biology education.  Tosney, best known for her generously donated scanning electron micrographs of chick neurulation which have been published in hundreds of biology textbooks and reviews, is a pioneer of experiential learning.

continue reading

Eric H. Davidson (1937-2015)

The developmental biology community mourns the loss of one of its pioneers, Eric H. Davidson, on September 1, 2015. Davidson, the Norman Chandler Professor of Cell Biology at Caltech, was a leader in gene regulatory networks working primarily in the sea urchin.  He received the Developmental Biology-SDB Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.  Read Dave McClay's In Memoriam in Developmental Biology here.

Choose Development! program receives bridge funding

As mentioned in SDB President Robb Krumlauf's message, the SDB Board of Directors approved two years of bridge funding for the Choose Development! summer research program which aims to increase the diversity of undergraduate students that enter graduate programs in pursuit of research careers in developmental biology. 

continue reading

8th LASDB Meeting held in São Paulo, Brazil

The 8th meeting of the Latin American Society for Developmental Biology was held October 20-23, 2015 in the largest Latin American port city of Santos, State of São Paulo, Brazil. The meeting was sponsored in part by the Society for Developmental Biology through a Non-SDB Meetings Grant. 

continue reading

New SDB grant initiatives

  • SDB Innovation Grant - to develop innovative tools and methods with the potential to have a broad impact on the developmental biology community - Deadlines: December 1 and May 31
  • SDB Emerging Models Grant - to develop techniques, approaches, community resources, collaborations, and new lines of research to study developmental mechanisms in non-traditional model systems - Deadlines: December 1 and May 31
  • SDB International Short Visit Grant - to help defray travel expenses to host labs for short periods of time to learn new techniques or approaches in developmental biology; this new program replaces the Latin American-Caribbean Short Visit Grant program - Deadlines: December 1 and May 31

Call for 2016 SDB Awards Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for 2016 SDB Awards:

Deadline: December 15, 2015

Upcoming events

more meetings

Did you know?

  • A contribution to SDB, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and it will help your society achieve its mission goals.
  • SDB members can apply for non-SDB meeting grants to fund member-organized conferences central to developmental biology.  Deadlines: December 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016.
  • SDB members can apply for non-SDB education activities grants to fund member-organized educational activities central to the Professional Development and Education Committee's objectives. Deadline: December 1, 2015.
  • SDB members are eligible for travel awards through the FASEB MARC Program