The International Journal of Developmental Biology

Int. J. Dev. Biol. 51: 177 - 182 (2007)

Vol 51, Issue 3

First Meeting of the Portuguese Society for Developmental Biology (SPBD)

Open Access | Meeting Report | Published: 1 April 2007

Raquel P. Andrade1 and Leonor Saúde*,2

1Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS), School of Health Sciences, University of Minho, Braga and 2Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Centro de Biologia do Desenvolvimento, Oeiras, Portugal.


The 1st Meeting of the Portuguese Society for Developmental Biology (SPBD ­ Sociedade Portuguesa de Biologia do Desenvolvimento) (Fig. 1) was held during two sunny autumn days at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC) located in the beautiful seaside city of Oeiras. This small meeting provided unprecedented conditions for Portuguese Developmental Biology researchers to know what is being done in Portugal, to receive feedback on their own work and to establish strong and productive national collaborations. One of the high points of the meeting was the official launching of the SPBD by its President Isabel Palmeirim and the announcement of the SPBD website ( recently created with the purpose of developing and promoting Developmental Biology in Portugal.


SPBD, development, Portugal

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