Teratology Society Annual Meeting Courses: Reproductive System, Principles of Teratology, Adverse Outcome Pathways

Each year, the Education Committee of the Teratology Society organizes the Education Courses at the Annual Meeting. As you make plans to attend the 59th Annual Meeting of the Teratology Society, please note the three Education Courses being offered this year.

The Embryology and Teratology of the Reproductive System (Saturday, June 22, 8:30 AM—12 Noon)

The male and female reproductive systems begin embryological development along a common pathway that diverges in humans around the sixth week of gestation. Full maturation of these systems, however, is not complete until puberty. This course will begin with an overview of the normal and abnormal prenatal development of the reproductive system. This lecture will be followed by separate talks discussing the postnatal development of the male and female reproductive systems. The session will wrap up with an overview of how reproductive system abnormalities are managed in clinical practice.

The Principles of Teratology (Saturday, June 22, 1:30 PM—5:00 PM)

This course will focus on the principles of teratology and their application. Topics addressed will include the timeline of important events in embryo-fetal development across species; direct and indirect causes of developmental toxicity, including those of maternal, fetal, and placental origin; the common pathways and mechanisms by which teratogens may act; how developmental toxicants are typically detected through studies conducted in animals; and how epidemiological studies contribute to the detection of potential teratogens.

Adverse Outcome Pathways Tuesday, June 25, 12:00 Noon—1:30 PM)

This mini-course focuses on Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOP). An AOP is a conceptual framework by which existing knowledge concerning toxicological perturbations at the molecular, cellular and organ levels can be linked to adverse outcomes observed in individual organisms and populations. The purpose of this mini-course is to provide an introduction to AOPs, to explain how they can be applied in the study of developmental toxicology, and to further explore the AOP framework for specific developmental outcomes. Lunch will be provided.

To register for the annual meeting and courses, please visit the annual meeting website at https://teratology.org/meetings/2019/.

Important Deadlines

February 15:    Abstract Submission Deadline

February 22:    Early Bird Registration Deadline

                        Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Travel Award Application Deadline          

2018-2019 Education Committee

  • Amy Lavin Williams, PhD, Chair 
  • Caren Villano, PhD, Vice Chair 
  • Sura Alwan, PhD, Member 
  • Christina M. Carruthers, PhD, Member 
  • Susan Bielmeier Laffan, PhD, Member 
  • Pallavi McElroy, PhD, Member 
  • Amy L. Inselman, PhD, Ad Hoc 
  • Mukesh Poshiya, Ad Hoc 
  • Sonja A. Rasmussen, MD, MS, Ad Hoc
  • Bhavesh Ahir, PhD, Ad Hoc, Postdoc
  • Julia Y. Hui, PhD, Past Chair 
  • Kimberly C. Brannen, PhD, Council Liaison
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