Background & History
Following a generous donation, the BSDB has instituted the Dennis Summerbell Lecture, to be delivered at its annual Autumn Meeting by a junior researcher at either PhD or Post-doctoral level. The awardee’s costs for attending the meeting will be met in full.
Dennis Summerbell made seminal contributions to our understanding of limb bud patterning by combining detailed quantitative analysis with elegant models, bringing insightful conceptual advances to the field. In addition to his research, Dennis made major contributions to Developmental Biology through his mentoring of junior researchers. An account of his work can be found on page 10 0f the BSDB Summer Newsletter from 2005 [LINK].
Helen Weavers (School of Biochemistry, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, University of Bristol) was the lecture awardee 2017 with her submitted abstract “Understanding the inflammatory response to tissue damage in Drosophila: a complex interplay of pro-inflammatory attractant signals, developmental priming and tissue cyto-protection”. Her award lecture was presented at the Autumn Meeting 2017 jointly organised by the BSDB together with the Swedish, Finish, Norwegian and Danish Societies of Developmental Biology, 25-27 October 2017 in Stockholm. Read more about Helen in our recent blog post.
- 2017 Helen Weavers (School of Biochemistry, Faculty of Biomedical – [blog post]
- 2016 Iwo Kucinski (Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge) – [details]
Nominations for the Summerbell Award
Applicants should be BSDB members, have a maximum of 10 years research experience and should not be a principal investigator. To be considered for this award, please send in:
- a 1 page CV
- a paragraph from your PI in support of your application
- abstract for your presentation which should be of relevance to the topic of the Autumn meeting.
Applications should be sent to one of the meeting organisers, and the deadline is usually during the first half of July, as will be announced on our website and in announcements to BSDB members. The nomination will be decided by the meeting organisers