Rise and Shine for the Sunrise Mini Course and More

The Sunrise Mini Course on the Applications of Computational Toxicology in the Study of Birth Defects will be held at 7:00 am. With the aim of being accessible to those with little or no background in computational biology or bioinformatics, the Sunrise Session will shed light on how techniques in this area can be used to prioritize chemicals for further testing, to identify reproductive and developmental outcomes of concern and to analyze and understand gene regulatory networks.

Ken Jones provides a retrospective look at 40 years of the Fetal Alcohol syndrome (FAS) and where we are today. Then, join us at 9:00 am for the Testicular Dysgenesis Syndrome Symposium. The Testicular Dysgenesis Syndrome (TDS) hypothesis attributes reproductive disorders of newborn (cryptorchidism, hypospadias) and young adult males (impaired spermatogenesis, testicular germ cell cancer) to complex genetic and environmental factors during fetal development. Clinical, molecular and epidemiological studies have implicated environmental risk factors, including phthalates, flame retardants, phthalates, pesticides and organotins. Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) as well as fetal testicular xenografts are beginning to elucidate the mechanistic basis of TDS. This symposium aims to generate discussion on how systems-based approaches can be used in understanding the TDS pathogenesis.

Part two of the Student and Postdoctoral Lunch Workshop is offered Tuesday at noon. This workshop is free of charge and an opportunity for trainees to gain insight on Building a Successful Career in Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology. Advanced sign-up is required. If you have not yet signed up for this workshop, please see the registration desk first thing in the morning to see if space is still available.

The TS/ETS Exchange Lecture entitled Is Lack of Mandatory Folic Acid Fortification Public Health Malpractice? will begin at 1:30 pm. The European Teratology Society (ETS) and Teratology Society Exchange Lecture will provide an opportunity for interactions and to share perspectives. 

A draft resolution recommending mandatory folic acid fortification on a global scale will be posted on Tuesday for members to review and comment. The revised resolution will be provided to the European Teratology Society (ETS) and the Japanese Teratology Society (JTS) for their consideration.

The Grant Officers Roundtable will begin at 2:30 pm. The goal of this symposium is to learn what funding agencies are identifying as priority areas for the future. The Epidemiology and Clinical Teratology platform session will also be held at 2:30 pm and will feature ten presentations.

The Tuesday poster session begins at 5:30 pm. Join your colleagues and engage presenters in discussions about their research. Be sure to thank the Exhibitors and learn more about what they can do for you.

For more details about the Annual Meeting, visit the meeting website. Information about daily activities can be viewed via the Annual Meeting Blog.


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