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Xenopus Meetings and Resources




March 2024


Disease Maps Community Meeting

March 25th-27th 2024
University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Key Dates:
Registration Deadline: 24 February 2024 via this registration form
Abstract Submission Deadline: 24 January 2024 via the EasyChair link
The Disease Maps Community Meeting is a joint event of the Disease Maps Community ( and the ELIXIR Systems Biology Community (
The focus is on systems medicine topics, including tools, standards and applications of bioinformatics, computational and systems biology to research on human diseases. There will be intensive exchanges during panel discussions, poster sessions and focus group workshops.

For more information see

Suggested accommodation:
Hotel Ibis Esch Belval
Residhome Luxembourg Esch-Belval

How to reach us: For attendees arriving via Luxembourg Airport, transportation options include a bus to Luxembourg Central Station followed by a train to Belval-Universite, approximately an hour's journey.


April 2024

Cell & Developmental Biology of Xenopus: Gene Discovery & Disease 2024 (CSHL Course)

April 2 - 16, 2024

Key Dates
Application Deadline: January 31, 2024
Arrival: April 2nd by 6pm EST
Departure: April 16th around 12pm EST

CSHL Courses are intensive, running all day and often including evenings and weekends; students are expected to attend all sessions and reside on campus for the duration of the course.

Chenbei Chang, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Lance Davidson, University of Pittsburgh

Rachel Miller, UTHealth Houston, McGovern Medical School, Houston, TX
Peter Walentek, UNIVERSITÄTSKLINIKUM FREIBURG, Freiburg, Germany



May 2024

Pre-clinical Modelling of Human Genetic Disease and Therapy (a DMM meeting)

8-10 May 2024
Institute of Genetics & Cancer, University of Edinburgh, UK

Organisers: Wendy Bickmore, Luke Boulter, Sara Brown, Pleasantine Mill, Liz Patton (editor of Disease Models & Mechanisms) and Owen Sansom

Speakers will present the very latest advances in modeling human genetic disease and how this guides therapeutic intervention. With talks from an outstanding list of speakers from all over the world, as well as selected delegates, we will delve further into this important area of research, as well as generate new ideas and collaborations. We strongly encourage potential attendees to present their work at the meeting, and will prioritize these applications.

Key Dates:
Early bird registration closes 8th December, 2023.
NB: limited number of spaces, so be sure to apply early to attend.
Registration website:
Meeting Dinner: Thursday 9th May at Royal College of Physicians, Queens St, Edinburgh.


June 2024

Diversity and Evolution in Cell Biology (A Journal of Cell Science Meeting

24–27 June 2024
Montanyà Hotel & Lodge, Catalonia, Spain

Organisers: Michael Way, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Cell Science
This meeting aims to bring together evolutionary biologists and cell biologists investigating diverse aspects of cellular physiology, traversing both spatial scales and evolutionary time. At a time when advances in phylogenetics, imaging, biochemical profiling, and genetic engineering have enabled comparative biology and experiments in non-model systems at an unprecedented scale, we hope to inspire the next generation of evolutionary cell biologists to tackle some of the biggest questions in modern cell biology.

Registration is now open and early-bird registration will run until 19 January 2024.
There is a limited number of spaces so apply early to attend. Priority will be given to those wishing to present their work; the meeting organisers will select a number of short talks from submitted abstracts, and there will be poster sessions throughout the Meeting.

Journal Meeting homepage for more details:



July 2024

Society for Developmental Biology 83rd Annual Meeting
Signia by Hilton, Atlanta, GA | July 14-17, 2024



September 2024

From Stem Cells to Human Development, a Development/CoB meeting

September 16-19, 2024,

Wotten House in Surrey, UK.

Early Bird deadline is April 5th, 2024. 

2024 marks 10 years since the first of Development’s “From Stem Cells to Human Development” meetings. From Stem Cells to Human Development has become the premier forum for presenting, learning about and discussing the latest advances, and remaining challenges in the field.

Organizers:  by James Briscoe, Olivier Pourquie and Emma Rawlins,

Please find additional information here ( .

Application to attend:



October 2024


XRET 2024

Please save the date for the next Xenopus Resources and Emerging Technologies meeting. It will be held Oct 11-14 at the MBL. At this time we are also asking you to nominate some speakers who can talk about emerging technologies and especially if you have a postdoc/grad student to give a talk. If there is a topic or technique you are interested in please let us know. The format will be like the last XRET in 2019, but not as many speakers so there is more time for discussion and interactions. We will have a session to hash out a new White Paper.

The organizers of this year’s meeting are Helen Willsey, Jennifer Landino and Coral Yishen. If you have thoughts and ideas please share with Helen (




Funding Opportunities


SDB Career Awards

SDB Career Awards recognize excellence in research, mentoring, education, and science communication in the developmental biology community. 

Nominations open in October 2023. 

Edwin G. Conklin Medal in Developmental Biology is awarded annually by the Society for Developmental Biology to recognize a developmental biologist who has made and is continuing to make extraordinary research contributions to the field and is an excellent mentor who has helped train the next generation of outstanding scientists.

Developmental Biology - Society for Developmental Biology Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a developmental biologist who has made outstanding and sustained contributions to the field of developmental biology, through their own body of work, service to the scientific community, exceptional mentorship, and public advocacy. 

Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Prize recognizes individuals who have made outstanding and innovative contributions to the teaching and learning of developmental biology and related fields.

Elizabeth D. Hay New Investigator Award recognizes a new investigator performing outstanding research in developmental biology during the early stages of their independent career.

Society for Developmental Biology Trainee Science Communication Award recognizes great science communication and outreach efforts by student and postdoctoral members of the Society for Developmental Biology.


See SDB website for more details:


National Science Foundation (NSF) USA government funding opportunities:

The NSF Biology Directorate/Division of Integrative Organismal Systems  is now accepting research proposals at any time (i.e., no preliminary proposals or deadlines).  There are no proposal deadlines or caps on submission. (21-506)

Full details:

Supports research and training on the structure and function of organisms. Core areas supported include development, behavior, neuroscience, physiology, biomechanics and morphology, microbiology, immunology, virology, and plant and animal genomics.

Synopsis of Program: The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) Core Programs support research aimed at understanding why organisms are structured the way they are and function as they do. Proposals are welcomed in all of the core scientific program areas supported by the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS). Areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, developmental biology and the evolution of developmental processes, nervous system development, structure, modification, function, and evolution; biomechanics and functional morphology, physiological processes, symbioses and microbial interactions, interactions of organisms with biotic and abiotic environments, plant and animal genomics, and animal behavior. Proposals should focus on organisms as a fundamental unit of biological organization. Principal Investigators are encouraged to apply systems approaches that will lead to conceptual and theoretical insights and predictions about emergent organismal properties. 

NSF IOS Program contacts

Developmental Systems Program; phone: (703) 292-8417

Behavioral Systems Program; phone: (703) 292-8423

Neural Systems Program; phone:(703) 292-8421


Instructions for submitting to the Developmental Systems Cluster are at:

You can find other programs solicitations at the BIO home page:



National Institute of Health (NIH) USA government funding opportunities  

For general information see also :


NOT-DA-23-004 High Priority Areas in Genetics, Epigenetics, and Developmental Neuroscience Branch in the Division of Neuroscience and Behavior

Key Dates  Release Date: April 14, 2022; First Available Due Date: June 05, 2022 ; Expiration Date:  September 08, 2025

Issued by National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Purpose The mission of the Division of Neuroscience and Behavior (DNB) is to discover, facilitate and promote outstanding basic animal and human research aimed at identifying the causes and consequences of drug addiction across the lifespan and to guide treatment strategies. The Genetics, Epigenetics, and Development (GED) Branch within DNB supports research on the genetics, epigenetics, and developmental mechanisms that underlie addiction and substance use disorders (SUD).

Research areas of general interest include but are not limited to:

  • human and animal genetic studies of vulnerability to addiction,

  • molecular genetics and genomic studies related to the response to addictive drugs,

  • epigenetic mechanisms of substance use disorders and addiction,

  • cell biology studies of addiction,

  • development of neural pathways and brain structures that mediate SUDs and addiction and

  • bioinformatic approaches to better model the genetics of SUDs, including data integration, methods development, epistasis analysis, and machine learning.


  1. NIH Data Management & Sharing Policy Overview

NIH has issued the Data Management and Sharing (DMS) policy (effective January 25, 2023) to promote the sharing of scientific data. Sharing scientific data accelerates biomedical research discovery, in part, by enabling validation of research results, providing accessibility to high-value datasets, and promoting data reuse for future research studies.

Full details:


Under the DMS policy, NIH expects that investigators and institutions:

- Plan and budget for the managing and sharing of data

- Submit a DMS plan for review when applying for funding

- Comply with the approved DMS plan


See this blog post for discussion: 

Xenopus Genome Editing Workshop
Marine Biological Laboratory
Woods Hole, MA

Next Workshop: October 18-27, 2018.

Last Updated: 2024-03-14