World Birth Defects Day March 3: An Easy Way to Help Our Field

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World Birth Defects Day March 3: An Easy Way to Help Our Field

There’s no doubt our January communication efforts for Birth Defects Prevention Month helped us reach new audiences. Between blogs, social media posts and a press release, we reached the masses and helped to communicate the message that birth defects are “Common, Costly and Critical.” We now have another opportunity to increase awareness of the important research to which you all contribute. World Birth Defects Day takes place March 3, 2016. Here’s how you can support the Teratology Society’s communication efforts:

We’ll be publishing our latest Birth Defects Insights blog looking back on some of the most critical turning points in teratology history as well as addressing what the future may hold for our exciting field. Once live on Teratology.org, we hope you’re share it with your networks as well as consider re-posting it on your websites.

Once again, we have an aggressive social media plan for raising awareness of the world-wide implications that birth defects have on society. We’ll be using the hashtag #WorldBDDay and encourage you to re-tweet and re-post our World Birth Defects Day messages. Find us on the following social media sites:

Teratology Society is an official supporter of “World Birth Defects Day,” which is organized by the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research. The following toolkit provides other ideas for participating in this effort: http://www.icbdsr.org/filebank/WBDDay_Toolkit_2016.pdf

Register and encourage your colleagues to attend this year’s Annual Meeting in June. There isn’t a better way to make a difference in the birth defects field than by sharing your research, insight and new ideas with like-minded, enthusiastic scientists from around the world at our conference. Sign-up today: http://teratology.org/meetings/2016/ 

Let us know what you’re doing! If you’re quoted in the media, publishing a new paper, or participating in an effort to raise awareness about birth defects, please contact our society’s communication consultant, Nicole Chavez, at nchavez@teratology.org. We want to highlight the differences you’re making!

As always, we appreciate your efforts and contributions to our unique and important field. Thank you for helping us communicate that importance. 

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