The International Journal of Developmental Biology

Int. J. Dev. Biol. 53: 1261 - 1268 (2009)

Vol 53, Issue 8-9-10

Special Issue: Developmental Biology in Hispania (Spain & Portugal)

A small great history of the sister Societies of Developmental Biology in Spain and Portugal

Open Access | Special Contribution | Published: 3 November 2009

Isabel Palmeirim1 and Juan Aréchaga*,2

1Health and Biomedical Sciences Department. Centre for Molecular and Structural Biomedicine (CBME), University of Algarve, Campus/ de Gambelas, P-8005-139 Faro, Portugal.2Department of Cell Biology and Histology. Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of the Basque Country, E-48940 Leioa (Vizcaya), Spain.


We revise the historical evolution of the societies devoted to Developmental Biology from the early activities of the Institut International d´Embryologie (IIE), founded in 1911, with particular emphasis on the more recent constitution of the Spanish Sociedad Española de Biología del Desarrollo (SEBD), founded in 1994, and the Portuguese Sociedade Portuguesa de Biologia do Desenvolvimento (SPBD), founded in 2006. We also describe the role played by The International Journal of Developmental Biology (IJDB) in the constitution of the SEBD and its projection and support to international Developmental Biology societies and individual researchers in the world, according to its mission to be a non-for-profit publication for scientists, by scientists.


Spanish Society of Developmental Biology, SEBD, Portuguese Society of Developmental Biology, SPBD, International Journal of Developmental Biology, IJDB, International Society of Develomental Biologists, ISDB

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