Exciting and Innovative Education Courses at This Year's Annual Meeting

Each year, the Education Committee of the Teratology Society organizes the Education Courses offered at the Annual Meeting. As you make plans to attend the 56th Annual Meeting of the Teratology Society, please note the three Education Courses being offered this year.

Embryology in Modern Times (Saturday, June 25 8:30 AM–12:00 Noon)

This course will cover embryology and modern advances that help us better understand the various stages of development from periconception through the perinatal period. These methods may include new imaging techniques, molecular analyses, genetic methods (e.g., epigenetics), etc. Expert speakers include: Gary C. Schoenwolf (University of Utah), John M. DeSesso (Exponent), Charles V. Vorhees (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center), and Sarah G. Obican (University of South Florida).

Development and Teratology of the Heart (Saturday, June 25 1:30 PM–5:00 PM)

The cardiovascular system is the first system to form and function in an embryo. In this session, the expert speakers will provide you with an understanding of normal embryonic and fetal heart development, and what can go wrong during critical periods of cardiac development that may result in a baby born with a congenital heart defect, the most common type of birth defects. The session will also update the participants’ knowledge on the teratogenic exposures that are currently known to adversely affect cardiac development, and finally emphasize on the clinical management of babies with heart defects. Expert speakers include: John M. DeSesso (Exponent), Mary R. Hutson (Duke University School of Medicine), H. Scott Baldwin (Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital), and George A. Porter (University of Rochester).

Sunrise Mini Course: “Big Data” (Tuesday, June 28 7:00 AM–8:30 AM)

Sign up to attend the Sunrise Mini Course to learn how large datasets are currently being collected, stored, and analyzed to further our understanding of the origins of birth defects. Jeanne Holden-Wiltse, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, will present management strategies for large datasets collected from prospective studies, giving attendees a clear understanding of the challenges with biomedical big data management, and how to better compile, record, and utilize the data. Subsequently, Rebecca C. Fry, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, will describe spatial approaches in data analysis to elucidate environmental factors associated with birth defects. After her presentation, attendees will understand how environmental data geocoding can be used to assess environment-birth defect associations.

You may add any or all of these courses when registering for the Annual Meeting. If you have already registered for the Annual Meeting and would like to add a course, please download and print a Registration Form and submit it to Teratology Society Headquarters at TSHQ@teratology.org

2015-2016 Teratology Society Education Committee

Chris J. Stodgell, PhD, Chair

Kimberly C. Brannen, PhD, Vice Chair

Janet R. Hardy, PhD, MSc, MPH, Past Chair

Sonja A. Rasmussen, MD, MS, Vice President

Sura Alwan, PhD

Francis Fakoya, MD, PhD

Julia M. Gohlke, PhD

Kok Wah Hew, PhD, DABT

Julia Y. Hui, PhD

Nazem El Husseini PhD Candidate

Amy L. Inselman, PhD

Carolyn Kapron, PhD

Belen Tornesi, DVM, MS

Caren Villano, PhD

Amy Lavin Williams, PhD



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