Prize in Developmental Biology

The March of Dimes and Richard B. Johnston, Jr., MD Prize in Developmental Biology honors an outstanding scientist(s) who 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 been awarded annually since 1996. It’s 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 2020, we awarded the Prize to Susan Fisher, PhD, for her leading research on the human placenta and its role in the development of preeclampsia and other events that lead to preterm labor. To date, five recipients have gone on to win the Nobel Prize® in Physiology or Medicine. View list of previous recipients.

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

The call for 2021 nominations has closed.

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2021

Nominations are solicited for the 2021 annual March of Dimes and Richard B. Johnston, Jr., MD Prize in Developmental Biology. Nominees should be scientific leaders who’ve pioneered research to advance our understanding of prenatal development and pregnancy. March of Dimes is looking for nominations that reflect a career dedicated to translational and actionable science that improves the health of all moms and babies.

Nominators should submit the below information via email attachment to Rachel Hauser ([email protected]), by July 31, 2021.  Please note, nominees must be available to give a lecture during the 2022 Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI) meeting taking place between March 15-19, 2022 in Denver, Colorado.

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