Prize in Developmental Biology

The March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology honors leaders in the field. Their pioneering research offers hope and opportunity to one day prevent and treat some of the most serious birth defects and other human diseases. 

Each year outstanding scientist(s) are awarded the coveted March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology for research that has profoundly advanced the science that underlies our understanding of birth defects. The Prize has been awarded annually since 1996. The March of Dimes created the Prize as a tribute to Dr. Jonas Salk shortly before his death in 1995.  This will be the 22nd annual awarding of the Prize, now newly named in honor of Dr. Johnston, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado and a former Medical Director of the March of Dimes. Five recipients of the March of Dimes Prize to date have gone on to win the Nobel Prize® in Physiology or Medicine.

The Prize carries a cash award of $250,000 and a silver medal in the design of a Roosevelt dime.  This is in honor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who founded the March of Dimes. The awardee delivers his/her lecture before the Pediatric Academic Society (PAS) meeting held yearly in the spring.

In 2016, the March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology was awarded to Victor R. Ambros, PhD and Gary B. Ruvkun, PhD, for making the seminal discovery of the conservation of short noncoding microRNAs and elucidating the mechanism by which translation of target mRNAs is controlled by microRNAs, thus providing explanations for developmental and physiological processes of great medical significance.  A full list of previous awardees, is available.

Nominations

Nominations are solicited for the 2017 March of Dimes and Richard B. Johnston, Jr., MD Prize in Developmental Biology.  This $250,000 Prize is given to scientists whose research has profoundly advanced the science that underlies our understanding of birth defects.

Nomination procedure:

Nominators should submit the below information via email attachment to the Senior Vice President for Research and Global Programs (jsimpson@marchofdimes.org) on or before October 31, 2016.
The nomination format must include the following information in this order:

  1. NOMINATOR’S INFORMATION
    1. Name
    2. Professional Title and Affiliation
    3. Address
    4. Telephone number
    5. E-mail Address
    6. Signature
  2. CANDIDATE’S INFORMATION
    1. Name
    2. Professional Title and Affiliation
    3. Address
    4. Telephone number
    5. E-mail Address
    6. Curriculum Vitae
    7. A narrative biographic sketch (250 words)
    8. Statement of the basis for the nomination (150 words)
    9. Summary of scientific contributions on which nomination is based

 

See also: A list of previous awardees(PDF, 81KB), Nomination procedure(PDF, 223 KB) 

The March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology honors leaders in the field. Their pioneering research offers hope and opportunity to one day prevent and treat some of the most serious birth defects and other human diseases. 

Each year outstanding scientist(s) are awarded the coveted March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology for research that has profoundly advanced the science that underlies our understanding of birth defects. The Prize has been awarded annually since 1996. The March of Dimes created the Prize as a tribute to Dr. Jonas Salk shortly before his death in 1995.  This will be the 22nd annual awarding of the Prize, now newly named in honor of Dr. Johnston, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado and a former Medical Director of the March of Dimes. Five recipients of the March of Dimes Prize to date have gone on to win the Nobel Prize® in Physiology or Medicine.

The Prize carries a cash award of $250,000 and a silver medal in the design of a Roosevelt dime.  This is in honor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who founded the March of Dimes. The awardee delivers his/her lecture before the Pediatric Academic Society (PAS) meeting held yearly in the spring.

In 2016, the March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology was awarded to Victor R. Ambros, PhD and Gary B. Ruvkun, PhD, for making the seminal discovery of the conservation of short noncoding microRNAs and elucidating the mechanism by which translation of target mRNAs is controlled by microRNAs, thus providing explanations for developmental and physiological processes of great medical significance.  A full list of previous awardees, is available.

Nominations

Nominations are solicited for the 2017 March of Dimes and Richard B. Johnston, Jr., MD Prize in Developmental Biology.  This $250,000 Prize is given to scientists whose research has profoundly advanced the science that underlies our understanding of birth defects.

Nomination procedure:

Nominators should submit the below information via email attachment to the Senior Vice President for Research and Global Programs (jsimpson@marchofdimes.org) on or before October 31, 2016.
The nomination format must include the following information in this order:

  1. NOMINATOR’S INFORMATION
    1. Name
    2. Professional Title and Affiliation
    3. Address
    4. Telephone number
    5. E-mail Address
    6. Signature
  2. CANDIDATE’S INFORMATION
    1. Name
    2. Professional Title and Affiliation
    3. Address
    4. Telephone number
    5. E-mail Address
    6. Curriculum Vitae
    7. A narrative biographic sketch (250 words)
    8. Statement of the basis for the nomination (150 words)
    9. Summary of scientific contributions on which nomination is based

 

See also: A list of previous awardees(PDF, 81KB), Nomination procedure(PDF, 223 KB)