Developed by the Education Committee, this year’s Teratology Society Annual Meeting offers a wide variety of educational courses that cover leading edge topics. All are highly relevant to Teratology Society members and other attendees. I invite you to review the course summaries below.
Starting at 8:00am on Saturday June 27, the first course will be on Occupational and Environmental Exposures: Reproductive and Developmental Hazards in the Workplace and Home. This morning session offers a comprehensive review of occupational and environmental reproductive and developmental hazards, spanning pregnancy through childhood. The course will include a broad overview of workplace and home-based exposures, global regulatory guidelines and risk assessment, postnatal exposures, and a ‘how to’ on pregnancy risk evaluation in relation to workplace, environmental and home exposures. The second course, Ethics and Ethical Implications, will take place that afternoon beginning at 1:30 pm. This session is designed to engage participants in the multitude of ethical issues surrounding birth defects research and practice. The course will introduce the fundamentals of ethics in research, then delve into emerging ethical issues including the procurement of reproductive goods and services for research, clinical or individual purposes, the ethical and social implications of prenatal testing, and decision-making involved with preterm and small for gestational age babies.
In addition, there is a Sunrise Mini Course that will be offered on Tuesday, June 30 beginning at 7:00 am. I hope you’ll all be early risers as this mini-course, traditionally focused on state-of-the-art technology, won’t disappoint. Get ready for Life in the Genetic Fast Lane: Gene Manipulation and Genome Editing to Understand Congenital Diseases. The Sunrise session will introduce a variety of new genetic engineering techniques that can be used for genome editing, such as ZFNs, TALENs, and CRISPR, in a variety of model organisms. The session will also address current and future applications of genetically manipulated animal models and targeted gene editing to the study of birth defects.
You may register for all three sessions, or choose the session that will be the most beneficial to you. Separate registration is required for the Education Courses and the Sunrise Mini Course, so please register early.
For more information or to register, please visit the Teratology Society 55th Annual Meeting Website. See you in Montréal!