Claudio Stern elected ISDB president

The International Society of Developmental Biologists (ISDB) is delighted to announce the election of Claudio Stern as its new president at the 2009 ISDB Congress in Edinburgh. Claudio Stern, whose term begins in January 2010, will succeed Masatoshi Takeichi as ISDB president.

Claudio Stern received his PhD in Developmental Biology from the University of Sussex, and did postdoctoral work with Ruth Bellairs at University College London. He spent a short period at Cambridge before moving to Oxford, where he was a Lecturer for almost 10 years. He was subsequently appointed Chair of the Department of Genetics and Development at Columbia University in New York, and returned to the UK in 2001 to become the J Z Young Professor and Head of the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology back at University College London. He is currently Head of Cell and Developmental Biology and chair of the steering committee for the Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine at the same institution. He is a member of EMBO and a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Institute of Biology, and Foreign Fellow of the Latin-American Academy of Sciences. In 2006 he was awarded the Waddington Medal by the British Society for Developmental Biology (BSDB).

In addition, Marianne Bronner-Fraser of Caltech has agreed to serve as the new ISDB Secretary, joining Stefan Schulte-Merker, the continuing Treasurer.