As you make your plans to attend the Teratology Society's 56th Annual Meeting, we wanted to share just a few of the new and different offerings this year. In addition to a program of exciting and innovative scientific symposia, workshops, courses, and platform/poster sessions, we have planned the following:
Sister Society Sampler Program: Each annual meeting registrant will receive two passes they may use to “sample” scientific sessions offered by our sister societies, Developmental Neurotoxicology Society (DNTS) and Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS). At-a-glance agendas will be provided so that you can see what each organization offers and plan accordingly. Registrants of DNTS and OTIS meetings will also have the opportunity to “sample” the Teratology Society meeting.
More Food / Shared Breaks: To help you get started each morning, coffee and pastries will be available starting 30 minutes prior to the first morning session. Coffee will be available at mid-morning breaks; and afternoon breaks will now include hot and cold beverages as well as light snacks. Evening events will include more substantial and varied food offerings. Morning coffee/pastries and most breaks will be shared with at least one of our sister societies, and often both, to provide additional networking and collaboration opportunities.
A Very Special Guest and a New Award: This year, Dr. Marilyn Preus, the widow of Teratology Society founding member Dr. F. Clarke Fraser, will be a special guest at the Annual Meeting and will assist in presenting the prestigious F. Clarke Fraser New Investigator Award. We will also be presenting the new Edward W. Carney Trainee Award, funded by the joint TS-SOT Edward W. Carney Trainee Award Fund that was established in 2015.
I look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!
Tacey E.K. White, PhD
President, Teratology Society