About Teratology

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Our Mission is to prevent birth defects and disorders of developmental origin by:
promoting research and exchange of ideas, communicating information to health professionals and other interested parties, and providing education and training.


The Teratology Society is the premier source for cutting-edge research and authoritative information related to birth defects and other disorders of developmental origin.

Who Are Our Members?

The Teratology Society is composed of a multidisciplinary group of scientists from a variety of disciplines including researchers, clinicians, epidemiologists, and public health professionals from academia, government and industry who study birth defects, reproduction, and disorders of developmental origin.

What is Our Focus?

Birth defects and reproductive and developmentally-mediated disorders constitute a major public health concern in the world today. Human reproduction and development can be affected not only by drugs and chemicals, but also by diet, genetics, maternal health, and socioeconomic factors. Understanding and protecting against potential hazards to developing embryos, fetuses, and children requires advanced scientific knowledge from diverse and novel fields such as cell and molecular biology, developmental biology and toxicology, computational modeling, genetics and epidemiology. The science is put into practice in the areas of prenatal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, neonatology, medical genetics, counseling, product safety, risk assessment, and governmental regulations.

Excellence in Publishing

Birth Defects Research is a comprehensive resource of original research and reviews in fields related to embryo-fetal development and reproduction, published in three parts. 

Part A: Clinical and Molecular Teratology 
Part B: Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology 
Part C: Embryo Today: Reviews

Learn more about Teratology Society’s membership requirements and how to apply.

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History of the Teratology Society
The Teratology Society is a multidisciplinary scientific society founded in 1960, the members of which study the causes and biological processes leading to abnormal development and birth defects at the fundamental and clinical level, and appropriate measures for prevention. The Society has taken positions on several topics and provides an annual meeting where attendees gain insight about important issues in birth defects research and education.

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