I am pleased to invite you to attend the 59th Annual Meeting of the Teratology Society, June 22–26, 2019, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in San Diego, California. The theme for this year’s meeting is “Sea Changes in Birth Defects Research and Prevention,” and the Program Committee, chaired by Christine Perdan Curran, has put together an outstanding program around this theme. The program offers an exciting variety of scientific sessions on topics including:
- Perinatal Choline Supplementation and Risk of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
- Environmental Exposures from Placenta to Birth: Effects on Immunity
- Ocean-Borne Risks to Pregnant Women and Their Babies
- Birth Defects Outcomes Across the Lifespan: Perspectives from Health Services Research
- Differences in Sex Development
- Integration of Human and Animal Data to Inform Medication Use in Pregnant Women: From Drug Labeling to Clinical Trials
- Establishing Scientific Confidence in Alternate Approaches
- Determining Causality in Teratology
- Maternal Morbidity and Mortality: Causes, Disparities, and Solutions
- Thyroid Hormone Assessments: Implications for Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology
- Leveraging Zebrafish to Unravel Mechanisms of Developmental Toxicity
Three workshops will be offered: Current Topics and Updates for Pregnancy Registries, Multidisciplinary Research Needs, and Irresponsible Conduct of Research: What Happens When Things Go Wrong.
The Education Committee, chaired by Amy Lavin Williams, has organized three education courses: The Embryology and Teratology of the Reproductive System, The Principles of Teratology, and Adverse Outcome Pathways.
Once again, we are pleased to offer joint sessions and a joint registration fee to maximize interactions with our sister societies, the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society (DNTS) and Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS). Concurrent meetings allow for joint sessions and the opportunity for networking between attendees, enriching the exchange of scientific ideas for all participants.
To make this annual meeting truly excellent, WE NEED YOU to present your latest research findings! Abstract submission is OPEN NOW through February 15, 2019.
Register early to take advantage of Early Bird rates! The full program, abstract submission instructions, and information about trainee travel awards, hotel reservations, and registration, may be found on the Annual Meeting website: http://www.teratology.org/meetings/2019/
Our Annual Meeting provides us with the opportunity to promote our shared vision and scientific identity as researchers focused on the causes, manifestations, intervention, and prevention of birth defects, both structural and functional. It also is an expression of our scientific diversity, as a Society of clinicians, scientists, and science policy regulators from academic, industrial, and government sectors. There is no better occasion to learn about the latest scientific research in teratology, to interact with scientists whom you have not yet met, and to network with old friends and colleagues. I look forward to seeing you in San Diego and hearing about your latest activities!
Dana L. Shuey, PhD, DABT
President, Teratology Society