The Israeli Society
for Developmental Biology

Dear IsSDB members

We would like to turn your attention to the new IsSDB website at In addition, we would like to introduce another new feature, the IsSDB Newsletter, which will include news for the local Developmental Biology community, such as dates of relevant lectures by scientists from overseas visiting in Israeli universities, information and links to relevant conferences, etc.

We will start with sending an email with the Newsletter once in 2 months (if you know people who didn’t receive this first Newsletter, please direct them to the new website for registration). The information appearing in the Newsletter will also appear in the IsSDB website. We would like to thank our representatives in the different campuses across the country for volunteering to help with information about lectures.

Eli Arama (chairperson), Peleg Hasson and David Sprinzak

The IsSDB Career Award

The IsSDB steering committee has recently established a new award for recognizing Israeli scientists who significantly contributed to the field of Developmental Biology and to the development of the field in Israel. The winners are chosen by an ad-hoc award advisory committee, composed of representatives from the major Israeli universities, members of the steering committee, and representative scientists from overseas.
We are delighted to announce Prof. Ben-Zion (Benny) Shilo from the Weizmann Institute as the winner of the 2017 IsSDB career award. The award will be given at the opening of the annual IsSDB 1-day symposium on “Developmental Cell Death” in June 18, 2017, at the Weizmann Institute. The ceremony will be followed by Prof. Shilo’s lecture.
For more information, refer to

Upcoming meetings

Save the Date:

the International Cell Death Society (ICDS) Conference on Cell Death in Development and Disease

The annual meeting of the International Cell Death Society (ICDS) will be held at the Weizmann Institute on June 18-20, 2017. The meeting will host experts in the field of cell death and development from Israel and overseas. Meeting homepage  >>

Save the Date:

The IsSDB Annual Symposium on Developmental Cell Death

The next IsSDB annual symposium will focus on Developmental Cell Death. It will be held at the Wezimann Institute on June 18th, 2017. This 1-day symposium will be shared with the ICDS. We are currently putting together the program which will include lectures by local scientists and scientists from overseas. Once ready, the program will appear, together with registration details, at the IsSDB website in the next few months.Attendance to this symposium is free of charge for IsSDB members (and their lab personnel), albeit it will require pre-registration.

Relevant Lectures in Israeli Institutes and Universities

Title: Looking at proteins in live cells with atomic resolution: from Science Fiction to Science Reality
Lecturer: Philipp Selenko
Affiliation: Group Leader In-cell NMR Spectroscopy, Leibniz Institute of Molecular, Pharmacology (FMP Berlin)
Location: Britannia Building, Hall 14, Tel Aviv University
Date: Monday, November 07, 2016 at 14:00
Title: Sex differences in the brain: a whole body perspective
Lecturer: Prof. Greet de Vries
Affiliation: Neuroscience Institute, Georgia State University
Location: Gerhard M.J. Schmidt Lecture Hall, Weizmann Institute
Date: Tuesday, November 08, 2016 at 12:30
Title: Following Single mRNAs in Living Cells
Lecturer: Prof. Robert Singer
Affiliation: Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Janelia Research Campus of the HHMI
Location: Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Building for Biomedical Research
Botnar Auditorium, Weizmann Institute
Date: Monday, November 14, 2016 at 10:00
Title: Mitochondria, Metabolism and Cellular Decisions: Entwined in Health and Disease
Lecturer: Prof. Jared Rutter
Affiliation: Investigator, Prof. of Biochemistry, University of Utah, School of Medicine, Salt Lake City
Location: Dolfi and Lola Ebner Auditorium, Weizmann Institute
Date: Monday, November 14, 2016 at 11:00 - 12:00
Title: Setting tissue polarity through mechanical cues
Lecturer: Michel Labouesse
Location: Faculty of Biology, Technion
Date: Monday, November 14, 2016 at 13:00
Title: Circadian Clocks, Couples, and Communities
Lecturer: Prof. William Schwartz
Affiliation: University of Massachusetts Medical School
Location: Wolfson Building for Biological Research, Weizmann Institute
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 10:00 - 11:00
Title: In vivo veritas – Using CRISPR genome editing to model cancer in mice
Lecturer: Prof. Daniel Schramek
Affiliation: Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto
Location: Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Building for Biomedical Research
Botnar Auditorium, Weizmann Institute
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 11:00
Title: How the road directs traffic: Control of axonal transport by microtubule patterns and dynamics
Lecturer: Dr. Shaul Yogev
Affiliation: Stanford University, Department of Biology, Stanford, CA, USA
Location: Wolfson Building for Biological Research Auditorium, Weizmann Institute
Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 10:00
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