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There a number of different societies, federations and interest groups that relate to development. Some have a broad focus on all forms of development while some can be more narrowly related to human development and associated clinical issues. I have included a brief list and general information below, these groups are always happy to welcome new members and have either a journal or scientific meeting(s) associated with the group.

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Society for Developmental Biology

  • The Society for Developmental Biology ([ SDB) purpose is to further the study of development in all organisms and at all levels, to represent and promote communication among students of development, and to promote the field of developmental biology.

Journal - Developmental Biology

National Societies

  • British Society for Developmental Biology (BSDB) is a society open to everyone with an interest in the science of developmental biology.
  • Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists (JSDB) is an organization of some 1,400 developmental biologists, researchers and educators founded in 1968.

International Federation of Placenta Associations

  • The International Federation of Placenta Associations (IFPA) is devoted to supporting and promoting excellence in the field of placental research throughout the world.
  • Currently a Federation of four placental research organisations from different regions around the world.
    • Australian & New Zealand Placental Research Association (ANZPRA) Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia (1990)
    • European Placenta Group (EPG) Europe, Middle East (1984)
    • Japan Placenta Association (JPA) Japan (1988)
    • Placenta Association of the Americas (PAA) North America, Central America, South America (2000)

Journal - Placenta

Teratology Society

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