Development in Action

The SPBD organizes the “Development in Action” - ­DiA – series with the objective of bringing the Portuguese Developmental Biology community together a few times a year. The DiA series exists in two different formats.

DiA Symposia are thematic symposia that focus on a topic of interest to developmental biologists. The DiA Symposia have a free format but are usually a full afternoon, with 4 – 5 speakers and time for discussion. Members interested in organizing DiA Symposia are encouraged to contact the DiA Meetings coordinator to learn more about the support SPBD can provide. DiA Symposia can conver a broad range of themes of interest to Developmental Biologists and SPBD welcomes speakers working outside the field of developmental biology. 

Special DiA Meetings are full day meetings organised with our “out-of-Lisbon” members in mind: so far, such meetings have been held at the Universities of Algarve, Minho and Porto. The objective is to organize one of these full day Special DiA Meetings once a year.

The present organising committee is: Lígia Tavares, coordinator (i3S), Dalila Silva (IMM), Pedro Santos (FCUL), Rita Gorgulho (CEDOC) and Rita Fior (Champalimaud).  The DiA Committee can be reached at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Thank you all for a wonderful meeting!

SPBD president, Diogo Castro, closes the DevBioMed meeting. Many thanks to the organizers, speakers, chairs and the audience for a fantastic meeting! 


2019 DevBioMed Symposium

On behalf of the Portuguese Society for Developmental Biology (SPBD) and the Champalimaud Foundation (CF), we invite you to attend the first DevBioMed Symposium – From Developmental Biology to Medicine and Back.

The ultimate goal of Developmental Biology is to understand how different cell types, tissues and organs arise from one single cell, the fertilized egg. By elucidating the mechanisms of cell growth, differentiation and morphogenesis during embryogenesis, as well as ageing and regeneration in postnatal life, Developmental Biology offers critical insights into numerous human diseases such as infertility, birth defects and cancer. In addition, developmental studies have fueled the fields of stem cell biology, organoid models and Regenerative Medicine, providing novel tools for biomedical research and drug discovery. Conversely, clinical descriptions of congenital anomalies have greatly advanced our understanding of basic developmental processes.

Counting with an outstanding panel of invited speakers, the DevBioMed Symposium aims at bringing together research scientists and clinicians to discuss the exciting crossroads between the fields of Developmental Biology and Medicine.

We look forward to welcoming you at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown on December 13th!

Entrance is free upon registration and subject to availability.

Registration Deadline: 9 December 2019

Registration and Programme: click here

Rita Fior (CF) & Ana Teresa Tavares (SPBD & CEDOC)

(Organising Committee)

DevBioMed Symposium

From Developmental Biology to Medicine and Back

13 December 2019, CF (Lisbon, Portugal)

Champalimaud Foundation (CF) | Portuguese Society for Developmental Biology (SPBD)

Preliminary Programme:

09h00 – Welcome – Champalimaud Foundation Representative

Session 1 – Clinical Applications of Developmental Principles

Session Chair: Paulo Navarra-Costa (IGC and ISAMB, PT)

09h20 – Bill Heald (UK; CF, PT)

09h50 – Isabel Palmeirim (UAlg ,PT)

10h10 – Maria do Carmo Fonseca (iMM, PT)

10h30 – Discussion

11h00 – Coffee Break

Session 2 – Embryonic Patterning and Birth Defects

Session Chair: Susana Lopes (CEDOC, PT) and Sólveig Thorsteinsdóttir (FCUL, PT)

11h20 – Moisés Mallo (IGC, PT)

11h40 – Jorge Correia Pinto (ICVS, PT)

12h00 – Claudio Stern (UCL, UK)

12h30 – Discussion

13h00 – Lunch Break

Session 3 – Cellular Development and Tumorigenesis

Session Chair: Domingos Henrique (iMM, PT) and António Jacinto (CEDOC, PT)

14h30 – Juan Pedro Martinez Barbera (UCL, UK)

15h00 – Mónica Bettencourt Dias (IGC, PT)

15h20 – Catarina Homem (CEDOC, PT)

15h40 – Discussion

16h10 – Coffee Break

Session 4 – Microenvironment in Regeneration and Cancer

Session Chair: José Bessa (i3S, PT) and Nuno Gil (CF, PT)

16h30 – Leonor Saúde (iMM, PT)

16h50 – Luís Costa (iMM, PT)

17h10 – Rita Fior (CF, PT)

17h30 – Discussion

18h00 – Closing Remarks – Diogo Castro (President of SPBD)

18h15 – Wine & Cheese Reception


21 June 2019 - Special DiA Meeting @UAlgarve (full day) 

Final programme:

07h40 - Bus from Lisbon to Faro

11h15 - Reception and Coffee Break

11h30 - Invited Speaker Álvaro Tavares (CBMR, UAlg, Faro, Portugal) | Another Mob joins the crowd - Mob3 in development

12h00 - Invited Speaker Mário Soares (Diogo Castro Lab, IGC, Oeiras, Portugal) | Mitotic bookmarking by transcription factors in vertebrate neurogenesis

12h30 - Short Talk Marta Liber (Raquel Andrade Lab, CBMR, UAlg, Faro, Portugal) | Frozen chicken: Promoting the massive meta-analysis of chicken microarray data

12h45 - Flash Talks 

- Sólveig Thorsteinsdóttir (FCUL, Lisbon, Portugal) | A fibronectin-dependent mechanotransduction pathway in control of the chick embryo segmentation clock

- Jorge Borbinha (António Jacinto Lab, CEDOC, Lisbon, Portugal) | Metabolic reprograming during zebrafish caudal fin regeneration

- Ana Cristina Maia-Fernandes (Raquel Andrade Lab, CBMR, UAlg, Faro, Portugal) | A novel morphometric tool describing early chick embryo elongation

- Gil Carrasco (Raquel Andrade Lab, CBMR, UAlg, Faro, Portugal) | A miR-Seq approach to temporal control of Embryo Clock oscillations

- Susana Lopes (CEDOC, Lisbon, Portugal) | Uncoupling organ laterality events during embryogenesis

13h00 - Lunch Cantina (UAlg)

13h30 - Poster Session Building 1 Atrium

14h30 - Invited Speaker Rita Teodoro (CEDOC, Lisbon, Portugal) | Peripheral axonal ensheathment is regulated by Ral GTPase and the exocyst complex

15h00 - Invited Speaker - Juan Ramón Martínez Morales (CABD, Seville, Spain) | Bifurcation of the neural retina and retinal pigment epithelium specification networks: From optic cup morphogenesis to retinal degenerative diseases

15h30 - Short Talk Ana Rebelo (Catarina Homem Lab, CEDOC, Lisbon, Portugal) | The role of surrounding tissues for tumour-like neuroblast proliferation

15h45 - Short Talk Andreia Pimpão (Renata Freitas Lab, i3S/IBMC, Porto, Portugal) | Hoxd13 targets and vertebrate limb evolution

16h00 - Coffee Break and Group Photo

16h15 - Social/Cultural Event

17h45 - Bus from Faro to Lisbon

DiA Symposium “Cell and tissue mechanics in development and disease

8 February 2019                               FREE ENTRY!
Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, C2 building, room 2.3.13. 


15h00 - 15h10 | Welcome

15h10 - 15h40 | Theodoor H. Smit (Amsterdam University Medical Centers, The Netherlands)
                          A mechanical perspective on somitogenesis.

15h50 - 16h20 | Maria José Oliveira (INEB/i3S, UPorto)
                          Decellularized matrices as biomimetic models of the tumour                                                  

16h30 – 17h00 | Coffee Break

17h00 - 17h30 | Cristina Barrias (INEB/i3S, UPorto)
                          Microtissue engineering for therapeutic vascularization.

17h40 - 18h10 | Lara Carvalho (CEDOC, NMS-UNova Lisboa)
                          Occluding junctions as novel regulators of tissue mechanics during                                    wound repair.

18h20 - 18h25 | Closing

Download poster     

This DiA Symposium was transmitted by videoconference to Porto, Faro and Aveiro!

The DiA Meeting on 22 June 2018 was a full day Special DiA meeting at UAlgarve!

See the complete programme here!

Group picture from the full day Special DiA Meeting on 22 September 2017 at UAlgarve, Faro

Keynote speakers were:

Rita Fior (Champalimaud Foundation)

Raquel P. Andrade (Centro de Biomedicina Molecular e Estrutural, Universidade do Algarve)

See here for the detailed programme!

Group picture from the full day Special DiA Meeting on 10 July 2015 at IBMC/INEB, Porto

The Special DiA Meeting in Porto 2015 had close to 60 participants!


Group picture from the full day Special DiA Meeting on 4 July 2014 at University of Algarve, Faro

The Special DiA Meeting 2014 had over 50 participants!


If you need more information, please contact the DiA Committee ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )