The ISD – its History and Goals
The ISD is a non-profit professional society dedicated to advancement of the field of cell and developmental biology. Founded as a result of the First International Conference on Differentiation held in Nice in 1971, the ISD seeks to provide an international forum for communication of research in three key areas – cancer, morphogenesis and stem cells – through international meetings and through the journal, Differentiation.
Why should I join ISD?
By joining the ISD you become part of an energetic and dedicated community of international researchers that is working for the advancement of the field of cancer, morphogenesis and stem cells. Membership in the ISD provides a free on-line subscription to Differentiation, free color pages to authors submitting manuscripts to Differentiation, reduced registration fees to international meetings held every two years, personal contacts in the field, research links, career openings, and support for students attending the ISD Conference and targeted local satellite meetings.
The Jean Brachet story 1909 – 1988
The Society has since sponsored conferences in:
The Jean Brachet Memorial Lectures
|2016, Boston DOUGLAS MELTON
Islet biology and diabetes from a developmental perspective
SIR JOHN GURDON
United Kingdom Jean Brachet en route to nuclear reprogramming
|2012, Amsterdam HANS CLEVERS The Netherlands Lgr 5 stem cells in self-renewal and cancer|
|2010, Nara MARIANNE BRONNER United States Formation of the neural crest from a gene regulatory perspective||2008, Singapore GIULLO COSSU ItalyTowards Cell Therapy for Muscular Dystrophies||2006, Innsbruck RUDOLPH JAENISCH United States Nuclear Cloning, Embryonic Stem Cells and Cell Therapy: Promise, Problems, Reality|
|2004, Honolulu H. ROBERT HORVITZ United StatesGenetic Control of Programmed Cell Death in C. elegans||2002, Lyon NICOLE LE DOUARIN France Neural Crest, a Pluripotent Structure of Vertebrate Embryos||2000, Gold Coast, Australia SIR JOHN GURDON United KingdomCell Signaling in Early Development|
|1998, Houston PIERRE CHAMBON France Retinoid Signaling in Development||1996, Pisa MARIE A. DI BERARDINO United States Genomic Potential – Acetabularia to Mammals||1994, Hiroshima MASATOSHI TAKEICHI Japan Control of Morphogenetic Cell Assembly: Roles of the Cadherin-Catenin Adhesion System|
|1992, Helsinki PETER GRUSS Germany
Murine Developmental Control Genes
1990, Vancouver SIR HENRY HARRIS United Kingdom
The Role of Differentiation in the Suppression of Malignancy
The Beverly Kerr McKinnell Award for exemplary research as a student
The ISD’s pioneering administrative officer, Beverly Kerr McKinnell, passed away on November 15, 2005, following a brief battle with lung cancer. The International Society of Differentiation benefited enormously from Beverly’s talents and dedicated quarter century of service. Although not trained as a scientist, Beverly became involved very early in ISD affairs through her husband, Bob, who was one of its founding members in the early 1970’s. As the Society matured, it established its place at the interface between development and cancer, began regularly to hold international conferences bringing scientists in those disciplines together, and launched the journal, Differentiation, as its official organ. It also became administratively more complex, developing features that conventionally trained scientists are largely unprepared to handle. Beverly took on the Society’s administrative affairs, initially quite informally. With time and experience she was formally appointed the ISD’s first Administrator, a post she held with consummate professionalism until her death. Those who were elected to serve as officers and board members of the ISD came quickly to recognize Beverly’s dedication to the society. She was always there to remind them of what needed doing, when it needed doing, and to prod if it wasn’t getting done. She took very little credit for that, being concerned not with kudos but with the continued vitality of the society. Largely unknown to those who knew her only through the ISD, Beverly was very active in her community and was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. She served the League of Women Voters as President of the Saint Paul chapter, President of the Minnesota chapter and First Vice President of the national organization. Her effectiveness was recognized by two special honors, the Hope Washburn Award and the Fay Lyksett Award. Her outstanding service on appointed state and county commissions was specially acknowledged by Minnesota Governor Arnie Carlson, who designated 28 April 1992 as Beverly Kerr McKinnell Day. She was an avid bird watcher, an interest she had ample opportunity to pursue as she accompanied Bob on his pursuit of frogs in the wild. Beverly took particular pleasure in the participation of budding young scientists in ISD conferences. To honor her memory, beginning with the Innsbruck conference in 2006, the ISD instituted a special award for outstanding research presented by a student. The award takes the form of a cash prize equivalent to 1,000 euros. Beverly Kerr McKinnell Award Recipients 2016, Alison Wirshing, Northeastern University, for her presentation entitled Development of organized stress fibers in a model contractile tube coincides with cell contractionfollowing tissue stretch and is dependent on Ca2+ signaling and myosin II activity which was judged to represent exemplary research as a student. 2014, London RACHAEL LUMB Ph.D. candidate The Centre for Cancer Biology Australia for her poster titled Neuropilins define distinct populations of neural crest cells, 2012 Amsterdam TAHSIN STEFAN BARAKAT Ph.D. candidate Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam For his poster titled RNF12 activates Xist and is essential for X inactivation in female mouse embryonic stem cell 2010, Nara YUJI ATSUTA Ph. D candidate Nara Institute of Science and Technology for his poster titled Tubular extension and cell epithelialization are coordinately regulated and influenced by adjacent tissues 2008, Singapore MICHAEL D. HALL Ph.D. Candidate, Georgetown University for his poster titled TIG1 contributes to cytokinesis in mammalian cells, and participates in hindbrain development and somitogenesis in the zebrafish. 2006, Innsbruck BEATE LICHTENBERGER Ph.D. candidate, Medical University of Vienna for her poster titled Conditional deletion of VEGF impairs SOS-dependent skin tumor development in transgenic mice
The Anne McLaren Award for Outstanding Women in Developmental Biology
Renowned and revered geneticist and reproductive biologist, Professor Dame Anne Laura Dorinthea McLaren, worked for more than 50 years at the forefront of studies on mammalian fertility, developing techniques for mouse embryo transfer, implantation, and chimera formation. This early work led to the development of techniques currently used in clinics for human in vitro fertilization. When not in the lab, she addressed the ethical issues associated with her research, serving on several British and European ethics panels as a policy advisor, and subsequently argued in favor of studies using human embryonic stem cell lines. She was well regarded for her ability to articulate scientific information to nonscientists and to explain potential implications of controversial technologies with clarity, which helped provide ethical guidelines for their use and facilitated government support.
Professor McLaren was an active member of the International Society of Differentiation for over twenty-five years, and, in those years, she made innumerable contributions to the society. Her service on the Board of Directors, as well as Chair of the Publications Committee, was dedicated and steadfast. Moreover, she actively participated in strengthening the content of our journal Differentiation and helped to establish a strong economic base for the ISD through negotiated publishing contracts.
In addition to being an outstanding scientist and public educator, Professor McLaren was also admired as a role model and mentor to young scientists. Ever patient and nurturing, she maintained a strong desire to see others succeed. Because of that and as a result of her untimely passing in 2007, Hans Clevers, with Executive Board support, recommended that the International Society of Differentiation pay tribute to her life in a notable and lasting manner. As such, in honor of Anne McLaren and the innumerable contributions she made throughout her life, especially her support for younger scientists, the Board approved an Anne McLaren named-lecture to be featured at the international meetings of the ISD. This award is given specifically to an outstanding mid-career developmental biologist.
Anne McLaren Award Recipients
|2016 Boston YOSHIKO TAKAHASHI
||2014 London CAROLE LABONNE
|| 2012 Amsterdam AMY WAGERS
|2010 Japan MIKIKO C. SIOMI
|| 2008 Singapore MAGDALENA ZERNICKA-GOETZ
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ISD Board of Directors 2014-16
President: Christopher Wylie (USA) President Elect: Richard Harland (USA) Secretary/Treasurer: Alan Perantoni (USA) Past President: Marianne Bronner (USA) Editor-In-Chief, Differentiation: Colin Stewart (Singapore) Deputy Editor-In-Chief, Differentiation: Nadia Rosenthal (Australia and UK)
Genevieve Almouzni (France) Liliana Attisano (Canada) Nissim Benvenisty (Israel) Kathryn Cheah (Hong Kong) Stephen Cohen (Denmark) Isabel Farinas (Spain) Reinhard Fassler (Germany) Philip Ingham (Singapore) Hisato Kondoh (Japan) Peter Koopman (Australia) Michel Labouesse (France) Christof Niehrs (Germany ) Angela Nieto (Spain) Nancy Papalopulu (UK) Olivier Pourquie (France) Yumiko Saga (Japan) Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado (USA) Jonathan Slack (USA ) Claudio Stern (UK) Colin Stewart (Singapore) Kate Storey (UK) Yoshiko Takahashi (Japan) Patrick Tam (Australia) Solveig Thorsteinsdottir (Portugal) Tanya Whitfield (UK) Ken Zaret (USA) Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz (UK) Founding President: Jean Brachet (Belgium)
This is an exciting period for our society and our discipline. The number of tools for uncovering the basic mechanisms of cell differentiation is expanding at an ever-increasing rate. This is allowing the study of an increased number of useful model systems as well as expanding the applications of basic science in fields such as environmental studies, animal and crop management, and human health care. The basic mechanisms of development and differentiation underlie the continuing expansion of all these applied disciplines. The only obstacle to a very positive future for our research is the continued shortage of research funds from government agencies in many countries (caused ironically in many cases by poor government).
2014 saw the usual routine changes in the society. I was elected to follow Marianne Bronner as President of theISD; a very hard act to follow! Marianne did a fantastic job in organizing the biennial meeting in London. More of that later. Elections were held for the replacement of members of the Board of Directors whose terms of office (6 years) had expired, and of course for the next President. Richard Harland (UC Berkeley) was elected to follow me as president in 2016. Congratulations to Richard. He will do an excellent job. The following were elected (or in three cases re-elected) to the Board of Directors of the society:
Angela Nietto (Inst. de Neurociencias. Alicante, Spain
Claudio Stern (University College London, UK)
Patrick Tam (Children’s Medical Res. Inst. Sydney, Australia)
Genevieve Almouzni (Inst. Curie, Paris, France)
Yumiko Saga (National Inst. Genetics, Mishima, Japan)
Peter Koopman (University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia)
Steve Cohen (Inst. Cell Mol. Biol., Singapore)
Tanya Whitfield (University of Sheffield, UK)
Michel Labouesse (IGBMC Strasbourg, France)
I would like to thank John Bertram, Gerald Cunha, Peter French, Nancy Ip, and Davor Solter, whose terms of office ended in 2014, for their outstanding work on behalf of the society. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank the officers of the society; Alan Perantoni and Jennifer Shultz, whose tireless efforts will continue to keep the society going.
The society is in great health. It has upwards of 200 members, is very strong financially, and has a number of important benefits to its members, see: http://www.isdifferentiation.org/?page_id=10 for details.
The 2014 meeting, held in London, in a hotel immediately adjacent to the Tower of London, was a huge success; great talks, great attendance, and great atmosphere. The speakers were treated to a dinner in the bowels of Tower Bridge itself, accompanied by a seminar on the rich history, and inner workings, of the bridge. An experience not to be soon forgotten! Marianne and her committee (Josh Brickman, James Briscoe, Robb Krumlauf, Elly Tanaka and Fiona Wardle) did a memorable job here.
The next meeting should also be a good one. It will be held as a joint meeting with the Society for Developmental Biology, in Boston, USA. Boston is a major center of research in development and differentiation, as well as a cultural center of major historical interest. I look forward to seeing you all there.
-Chris Wylie, ISD President