Prize in Developmental Biology

The March of Dimes and Richard B. Johnston, Jr., MD Prize in Developmental Biology honors an outstanding scientist(s) who has profoundly advanced the science that underlies our understanding of pregnancy, parturition and prenatal development.  Created as a tribute to Dr. Jonas Salk shortly before his death in 1995, the Prize has was been awarded annually since 1996.  It is now named in recognition of Dr. Johnston, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado and a former Medical Director of the March of Dimes.

In 2018, the Prize was awarded to Allen C. Spradling, PhD, for discovering the concept of the “stem cell niche” the process by which embryogenesis proceeds sequentially.  A full list of previous awardees is available.  To date, five recipients of the Prize have gone on to win the Nobel Prize® in Physiology or Medicine.

The Prize carries a cash award of $150,000 and a silver medal in the design of a Roosevelt dime, to commemorate of our founder, President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations are solicited for the 2019 annual March of Dimes and Richard B. Johnston, Jr., MD Prize in Developmental Biology.  Nominees should be scientific leaders who have pioneered research to advance our understanding of prenatal development and pregnancy.

Nominators should submit the below information via email attachment to the Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President for Research and Global Programs (kmoley@marchofdimes.org) by January 7, 2019.  Please note, nominees must be available to give a lecture during the Pediatric Academic Society (PAS) meeting.  It will take place on Monday, April 29, 2019 in Baltimore, MD.

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 nomination describing the impact of work in our understanding of prenatal development and pregnancy (150 words)
    9. Summary of scientific contributions on which nomination is based

See also: A list of previous awardees (PDF, 195KB)