Congratulations Dr. Vijaya Kancherla, recipient of the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research (ICBDSR) 2017 Alessandra Lisi Prize!
This award honors the memory of Alessandra Lisi, a young researcher at the ICBDSR Centre in Rome, Italy, from 2002 to her untimely death in a train accident in 2006. Over the years Alessandra’s working skill, ethic, grace and kindness made her an increasingly central part of the ICBDSR Centre. The ICBDSR honors her memory with a Prize for young outstanding researchers. The award is presented at the Annual Meeting of the ICBDSR, during which the awardee presents his/her research on birth defects. Eligibility considerations include: an active contribution to the epidemiology or surveillance of birth defects, preferably with an ICBDSR program; and evidence of a promising research career as well as ongoing commitment to the field, as demonstrated for example by high quality publications in peer-reviewed journals, initiating or coordinating research projects, or obtaining funding for research in the field of birth defects epidemiology. Candidates must be within seven years of the date their last formal training in a field directly related to the disciplines of birth defects, developmental biology, epidemiology or teratology.
Dr. Kancherla completed her PhD in epidemiology at the University of Iowa and then went on to the Pierre Decouflé Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Currently Dr. Kancherla is a Research Assistant Professor at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Dr. Kancherla was introduced to the study of birth defects early in her doctoral program and instantly recognized the need and impact of this field. “Being a teratologist is a meaningful career choice, and will make a difference in many lives,” she said. A member of the Teratology Society since 2014, Dr. Kancherla's paper “A 2015 global update on folic acid-preventable spina bifida and anencephaly”, was selected for the 2016-2017 Wilson Publication Award.