The President's Medal is the highest honour that the ANZSCDB bestows. It is an award that recognises outstanding contributions to the disciplines of Cell and/or Developmental Biology by scientists in Australia and New Zealand. It is not a condition that the awardee is a member of the Society but preference will be given to those who have made major contributions to the disciplines represented by ANZSCDB.
Please submit your nominations to the President (Sharad.Kumar(at)unisa.edu.au) by Monday 21st May, 2018. Please provide a letter of support (up to one page) justifying your nomination and the CV of your nominee. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure the nominee is aware of the nomination and able to attend Combio in Sydney, 23-26 September 2018
The 2018 President’s medallist is Professor Sally Dunwoodie
To view/read the interview with Prof Sally Dunwoodie, please click here
In 2002, the ANZSCDB inaugurated a special award to recognise excellence in the fields of Cell and Developmental Biology. The first 7 medals were struck at the Perth Mint. The second set of medals was struck at the Royal Australian Mint, Canberra. The award consists of a pure silver medal (5cm in diameter) to be presented annually at the COMBIO conference. Nominations will be called for mid-year by announce email to members
- Past Recipients
2017 - Peter Currie - Director of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University
2016 - Sharad Kumar, University of South Australia
2015 - Melissa Little, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
2014 - David James, Charles Perkins Centre and the University of Sydney
2013 - Alpha Yap, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland
2012 - Marilyn Renfree, University Laureate Professor, Ian Potter Chair of Zoology, Department of Zoology, The University of Melbourne. Development and differentiation: the marsupial way.
2011 - Rob Parton, University of Queensland
2010 - Emma Whitelaw, Laboratory Head , Epigenetics, Queensland Institute of Medical Research.
2009 – Richard Harvey, Head, Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Division and Deputy Director, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.
2008 - Robert Saint, Head, Molecular Genetics and Evolution, and Director, ARC Special Research Centre for the Molecular Genetics of Development at the Australian National University.
Cell division and migration: towards the cell biology of animal development
2007 - Patrick Tam, Embryology Research Unit, Children’s Medical Research Institute, Sydney.
Embryonic development of the mouse: establishment and translation of the blueprint for embryogenesis
2006 - David Vaux, La Trobe University, Melbourne.
Pathways to Cell Death: An Apoptotic Odyssey
2005 - Peter Koopman, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland.
A journey of sexual discovery
2004 - Adrienne Clarke, School of Botany, University of Melbourne.
Self-incompatibility in plants
2003 - John Kerr, Emeritus Professor of Pathology, the University of Queensland.
A personal account of the events that led to the proposal of the apoptosis concept.
2002 - Don Metcalf, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne.
The molecular control of haematopoietic cells.
- Medal History
In 2002, the ANZSCDB inaugurated a special award to recognise excellence in the fields of Cell and Developmental Biology. The first 7 medals were struck at the Perth Mint. The second set of medals was struck at the Royal Australian Mint, Canberra.
The award consists of a pure silver medal (5cm in diameter) to be presented annually at the COMBIO conference, the combined meeting of the ANZSCDB, the Australian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Australian Society of Plant Scientists.
The Medal features an elegant embossed design by Professor Nadia Rosenthal (a muscle stem cell biologist and talented artist) that encapsulates the cellular, genetic, organismal and model systems bases of the disciplines of the Society and the countries represented. The awarding of the Medal is accompanied by a Plenary lecture from the recipient at the annual COMBIO conference.