Congratulations to José F. Cordero, MD, MPH, who will be presenting the Josef Warkany Lecture at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Teratology Society. The Josef Warkany Lecturer is selected by the Society President in recognition of a scientist who has significantly contributed to the field of teratology during his/her career. Dr. Cordero will present his lecture, “Preventing Congenital Zika Syndrome: Lessons Learned from Rubella Elimination,” at this year’s Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado on Sunday, June 25 at 8:15 am.
Dr. Cordero, a Past President of the Teratology Society, is Patel Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Georgia College Of Public Health. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Brain Trust for Tropical Diseases Research and Prevention, a group focused on developing tests, vaccines, and prevention strategies for diseases like Zika, Dengue and others. He served for 27 years in the U.S. Public Health Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During his years at CDC he was appointed Assistant Surgeon General of the Public Health Service and held positions focused on improving the health of mothers, children and adults in programs such as, immunizations, birth defects and disabilities. In 1994, he was appointed Deputy Director of the National Immunization Program and in 2001 he was selected as the founding Director of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.
For anyone thinking of becoming a member of the Teratology Society, Dr. Cordero states, “joining the Teratology Society was transformational.” The Teratology Society Annual Meeting became his main source of inspiration for research ideas and provided him with the best place to present his research findings. Dr. Cordero adds that the Teratology Society Annual Meeting “was the key point of convergence of a great interdisciplinary group of scientists, interested in all facets of developmental biology.” The unique group of people that make up this Society continues to inspire him.
Dr. Cordero will also co-chair "An Update on the Zika Virus" symposium with Teratology Society President Sonja A. Rasmussen, MD, MS, on Wednesday, June 28 at the Annual Meeting. More details about the Teratology Society Annual Meeting may be found on the website.