Since 2009, the U.S.-based Teratology Society and the European Teratology Society (ETS) have included a collegial and informative Exchange Lecture in their annual meetings. This interesting and entertaining event has provided a forum to share differing perspectives and diverse opinions, as well as common interpretations and positions, on current issues. Each year, representatives from both societies participate as speakers and discussants on a topic of globally relevant interest and/or controversy at both the U.S. and European meetings.
The 2017 Exchange Lecture will address the controversy: “Morphological Variations in Animal Studies: Useful for Human Risk Assessment, or Red Herring?” Chris Bowman (Pfizer, Inc., Groton, CT) and Paul Barrow (F. Hofmann-La Roche, Ltd., Basel, Switzerland), representing the Teratology Society and ETS respectively, will go toe-to-toe on this timely issue. Audience participation in these discussions is traditionally quite lively. Come join the fun on Wednesday June 28 at 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Aspen Ballroom. A good time will be had by all! And for an amusing historical review of past Teratology Society/ETS Exchange Lectures, be sure to visit Sue Makris’ late-breaking poster on Tuesday evening.
Past Exchange Lectures have addressed:
- The issue of drug safety for children.
- The pros and cons of the extended one-generation reproductive toxicity study.
- Consideration of cumulative risk assessment for chemical mixtures.
- The implications of hazard- versus risk-based chemical regulation.
- The rationale for using two species in developmental toxicity testing.
- Mandatory global folic acid fortification for prevention of neural tube defects.
- Concerns about the regulation of endocrine disruptors.
- The permissive versus precautionary principles applied in the consideration of reproductive risks relative to GMOs.
This Exchange Lecture roadshow will also be presented in September 2017 at the ETS meeting in Budapest, Hungary.