TS AM AWARDS Press Release
Narsingh Agnish Fellowship
This Fellowship was established to recognize Dr. Narsingh Agnish's contributions to the Teratology Society, and particularly to the implementation of the Education Course. The fellowship is awarded to a long-standing member of the Teratology Society who has made a major contribution to education in the field of teratology or a related discipline. The 2017 recipient is Elaine Z. Francis, Sandcastle Toxicology Associates, who will present on Tuesday, June 27 at 2:30 pm.
Josef Warkany Lecturer
This award recognizes Josef Warkany’s contributions to the Teratology Society. Dr. Warkany was the first person to demonstrate that exposures to environmental chemicals are responsible for production of congenital malformation. His early studies culminated in the formulation of the scientific principles of teratology. This award recognizes a scientist who has significantly contributed to the field of teratology over his/her career. This year’s lecture will be presented by José F. Cordero, University of Georgia on Sunday, June 25 at 8:15 am.
F. Clarke Fraser New Investigator Award
This award honors F. Clarke Fraser, one of the founding members of the Teratology Society, for his many contributions to the field of developmental toxicology. This year’s award recipient is Evi Struble, US Food and Drug Administration, who will present on Sunday, June 25 at 2:30 pm.
James G. Wilson Publication Award
This award is presented in recognition of the best paper accepted or published in the journal Birth Defects Research. The dual purpose of the award is to provide recognition to the authors of the best paper and to encourage authors trained in various disciplines to submit high-quality papers to Birth Defects Research. The paper selected for this year’s award is “A 2015 global update on folic acid-preventable spina bifida and anencephaly.” Vijaya Kancherla, Emory University, will present the data on Sunday, June 25 at 2:30 pm.
Patricia Rodier Mid-Career Award in Research and Mentoring
This award honors the legacy of Dr. Patricia Rodier, a past President of the Neurobehavioral Teratology Society and a Council member of the Teratology Society. The purpose of the award is to recognize a mid-career individual who has demonstrated successful independent research in neurobehavioral teratology, birth defects, or other related fields involving the central nervous system; and has demonstrated a commitment to mentorship of students, postdoctoral fellows, young investigators, and/or trainees. This year’s award recipient is Sonia Minnes, Case Western Reserve University, who will present on Sunday, June 25 at 3:00 pm.
Robert L. Brent Lecture
This award recognizes Robert L. Brent’s contributions to the Teratology Society and particularly to the implementation of the “Teratogen Update.” The purpose of the Robert L. Brent Lecture is to facilitate the discussion of new and old teratogens during the Annual Meeting. This year’s Robert L. Brent Lecture will
be presented by Jan M. Friedman, University of British Columbia, on Tuesday, June 27 at 8:00 am.
Birth Defects Research Distinguished Scholar Awards
The awards recognize senior authors for the importance, impact, and relevance of their published works in the field of birth defects research. The dual purpose of the award is to provide recognition to the authors of high impact papers and to encourage authors trained in various disciplines to submit high quality papers to Birth Defects Research.
Birth Defects Research Part A
The 2017 recipient of this award is Lorenzo Botto, University of Utah for his research associated with Seeking causes: Classifying and evaluating congenital heart defects in etiologic studies; BDRA 79, 10: 714–169.
Birth Defects Research Part B
The 2017 recipient of this award is Robert E. Chapin for his research associated with NTP-CERHR expert panel report on the reproductive and developmental toxicity of bisphenol A; BDRB 83, 3: 157–395.
Edward W. Carney Trainee Award
This award supports graduate student or postdoctoral scholar travel to meetings that offer significant educational opportunities in the field of reproductive and developmental toxicology, such as the annual meetings of the Society of Toxicology and the Teratology Society. The 2017 award recipient for the Teratology Society Annual Meeting is Edith Marie McKenzie, University of Georgia. Ms. McKenzie, an active Teratology Society student member since 2015 who has served on the Program Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and Student Affairs Committee. She was selected based on the scientific quality of her abstract, “Developmental Neurotoxicity after Exposure to Pesticides: Adding a Biotransformation Component Impacts the Pathways Affected in Human Neural Progenitor Cells (hN2),” its overall impact to the fields of reproductive and developmental toxicology or teratology, and her career goals in these fields.
Edward W. Carney Distinguished Service Award
This award honors Edward W. Carney, Past President of the Teratology Society, for his exemplary dedication and service to the Society and the field of teratology. The Edward W. Carney Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual who has provided distinguished service to the Teratology Society.This year’s Edward W. Carney Distinguished Service Award recipient is John M. DeSesso, Exponent, Inc. Dr. DeSesso has a wide-reaching impact on the field of developmental and reproductive toxicology stemming from his nearly forty years of membership and dedication to the Society, as evidenced by his active participation on numerous committees and ultimate service as President. His advisory roles on review committees for regulatory agencies such as the US FDA and US EPA, service on expert panels and peer review task groups, grant review for US EPA and multiple NIH study sections, and project leadership for ILSI-HESI are all testaments to his strong leadership skills. Coupled with his exemplary publication record, and numerous teaching and scientific achievement awards, he has established an outstanding national and international reputation that is highly respected by investigators, educators, students, postdoctoral fellows, and others in the field who describe him as a consummate scientist, a trusted advisor, and an exceptional teacher and mentor. In summary, through these and his numerous other contributions, he has left an indelible mark on the Teratology Society and on the field of birth defects research at large.
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