Congratulations to Lauren M. Walker, Doctoral Candidate, on receiving the 2016 Bradford Memorial Poster Award!
Walker is currently a student at the University of California, Riverside. The Bradford Memorial Poster Award is granted to the best poster presentation by a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow at the annual meetings of the Teratology Society and Developmental Neurotoxicology Society. It is jointly sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Reproduction and Teratology Association (MARTA) and Sanofi-Aventis. The award consists of a plaque and $250.
Walker’s winning poster was focused on the embryo toxic effects of snus smokeless tobacco on the developing skeleton using a combination of human embryonic stem cells and mouse studies. “I found that snus may miss regulate signaling pathways important in early skeletal development and stress protection,” said Walker.
The award was named after Jim Bradford, a past-President of MARTA, Sigma Xi and on Committees of the Teratology Society. He was Director of R&D Operations at Sanofi at the time of his death. Bradford mentored several current members of the Teratology Society and was a pioneer in Industrial Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology (DART) Testing.
“I am truly thankful to have received an award given in honor of an individual so dedicated to mentorship and advancing the field of teratology,” added Walker. “It's a great time to be in teratology! The importance of studying birth defects is gaining more and more awareness through the efforts of the Teratology Society and associated groups, and there are abundant opportunities to make a genuine difference in your community through teratology research.”
Learn more about this and other Teratology Society’s awards.