Congratulations to John M. DeSesso, PhD who was honored with the Edward W. Carney Distinguished Service Award at the Teratology Society Annual Meeting that took place June 24-28, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. This award honors Edward W. Carney, PhD, Past President of the Teratology Society, for his exemplary dedication and service to the Society and the field of teratology. Dr. DeSesso was chosen among a distinguished group of nominees, all who have been a member of the Society for at least ten years; have served the Society extensively and have demonstrated leadership in the discipline. “Ed Carney represented all of the best qualities of teratologists as a scientist,” said Dr. DeSesso. “I’m very proud to be recognized with this award.”
Dr. DeSesso is a Past President of the Teratology Society. He is currently a Principal Scientist in Exponent’s Health Sciences Center and the Director of the Alexandria Office, as well as an adjunct professor of Biochemistry and Cellular & Molecular Biology at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He specializes in the areas of developmental and reproductive toxicology, general toxicology, risk assessment, and human health effects of environmental agents and pharmaceuticals. Past projects of his include the assessment for potential gestational exposures to various substances to cause developmental or neurobehavioral effects; determination of the possible teratogenicity of atrazine, glyphosate and trichloroethylene; and demonstration that the mode of teratogenic action in rats for an artificial blood substitute is absent in humans.
“Teratology is a truly fascinating, but overlooked, discipline,” said Dr. DeSesso. He is inspired by the fact that the members of the Teratology Society, which include physicians, epidemiologists, regulatory scientists, teratogen information specialists and counselors, teachers, and basic scientists all have a role to play in the common goal of trying to eliminate birth defects. Dr. DeSesso notes the Society has been his “scientific home” for 40 years yet it continues to motivate him. “Every year I get inspired by what my colleagues have done and are doing.” He hopes the Teratology Society continues to be the scientific home for future generations of scientists as well.
Read more about all of the 2017 Teratology Society’s awards and presentations.