Happy Holidays from the Teratology Society!
It has been a productive year for the Society. We welcomed 67 new members, enjoyed incredible science and a great deal of fun at our annual meeting in Montreal, and launched an ambitious communications program. That program is expanding the reach of the Society and spreading the news of all the good work our members, like you, are doing in research, prevention and education in the areas of birth defects, developmentally-mediated disorders and reproductive health.
Looking forward to 2016, I am very excited about the annual meeting that Dr. Sonja Rasmussen and the Program Committee have planned. The 2016 meeting in San Antonio, Texas, offers cutting-edge science in the warm and friendly environment that is the Teratology Society, but to truly make this meeting a success, WE NEED YOU! Please take a moment right now to register for the meeting and prepare an abstract for submission (deadline: February 15, 2016).
We will kick off 2016 with extensive outreach during Birth Defects Prevention Month. Please “follow” the Society on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, and share the Society’s posts with your networks, so that our messages can reach as many people as possible.
As a reminder, please make sure to renew your membership in the Society by the end of the year to avoid a disruption in your access to member benefits, such as our journal, Birth Defects Research, and the resources on BDR Connection. As you renew, please consider making a donation to one of the funds that supports the Teratology Society.
As I reflect on 2015, I must note that it began on a very sad note for our Society with the passing of dear friend and past president Ed Carney. I would like to encourage members to consider making a donation to the Edward W. Carney Trainee Award Fund. What better way to carry on Ed’s legacy than supporting the fund established in his honor!
In closing, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our excellent support staff at AIM, and to all of you who have volunteered for committees and have been so generous with your time, expertise and enthusiasm. I wish all of you a joyful holiday season and much happiness and good health in 2016. Ed Carney said it best in his 2012 year-end message: “As you take a few moments to reflect on life, remind yourself how fortunate we all are to be teratologists!”
With warm regards,
Tacey E.K. White, PhD
President, Teratology Society