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 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 2019, the Prize was awarded to Myriam Hemberger, PhD, for her leading research on the crucial role and impact of the placenta on pregnancy outcomes and embryonic defects.  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 our founder, President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations are solicited for the 2020 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. The March of Dimes is looking for proposals that involve translational and actionable science that will lead to interventions or preventions that improve the health of moms and babies.

Nominators should submit the below information via email attachment to the Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President for Research and Global Programs, Dr. Kelle Moley (kmoley@marchofdimes.org), by December 02, 2019.  Please note, nominees must be available to give a lecture during the Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI) meeting.  It will take place on Friday, March 13, 2020 in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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)