Congratulations to Elaine M. Faustman, PhD, the 2016 Josef Warkany Lecturer! Dr. Faustman is currently Professor of Environmental Health at the Center on Human Development Research Affiliate for the University of Washington.
Each year a scientist who has significantly contributed to the field of teratology over his/her career is selected to give the Warkany Lecture, a highlight of the Teratology Society's annual meeting.
“Elaine is one of the very rare researchers whose work is truly translational in nature. She is the author of numerous basic research studies on mechanisms of brain development and the effects of toxicants on that process, but her work doesn’t stop there,” said Tacey White, PhD, Teratology Society President. “She has translated this understanding into the development of biomarkers for exposure of children to pesticides, has researched effects of pesticides on brain development in children, and served as a Principal Investigator on the National Children’s Study. On the other end of the spectrum, she uses a systems biology approach to develop in vitro systems and mathematical models to better predictive exposures and responses.”
Dr. White said the Warkany Lecture this year is already creating buzz and will be one of the most highly-anticipated presentations at the annual meeting. “Elaine’s presentation will honor Dr. Warkany and other mentors by describing how their early work in the areas of genetic – environmental interactions, developmental windows of response, and translation of basic research to epidemiologic and clinical applications, still shapes our thinking and research today,” she described. “It will surely be an awe-inspiring presentation, and one that shouldn’t be missed,” she added.
The 2016 Josef Warkany Lecture, titled "Framing Our Birth Defects Questions with Systems Biology: Learning from Our Mentors," will be presented by Dr. Faustman on Sunday, June 26 at 8:15 am during the Teratology Society's 56th Annual Meeting.
Read more about all of the 2016 Teratology Society’s awards and recipients.