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 March of Dimes.

To date, five recipients have gone on to win the Nobel Prize® in Physiology or Medicine. We awarded the 2021 prize to Dr. Alan W. Flake, Director, Center for Fetal Research, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Professor of Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. For more than three decades, Dr. Flake has advanced fetal surgical techniques and therapies to help babies with life-threatening or devastating fetal conditions and those experiencing preterm birth. 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.