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Annual Meeting 2017

General Information

Invitation from the President

I am pleased to invite you to attend the 57th Annual Meeting of the Teratology Society, June 24–28, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt Denver, in Denver, Colorado. The theme for this year’s meeting is “World Spotlight: Elevating Birth Defects Research,” and the Program Committee, chaired by Alan M. Hoberman, has put together an outstanding program around this theme. The program offers an exciting variety of scientific sessions on topics including:

  • Managing the pregnant patient with chronic disease;
  • An update on Zika virus as a teratogen;
  • A look at the future of testing for birth defects;
  • The long-term outcome and quality of life of children with birth defects;
  • Metabolic diseases and pregnancy;
  • Emerging mechanisms and human consequences of fetal exposure to e-cigarettes and marijuana; 
  • CRISPR/Cas9 technology and the study of birth defects;
  • Pregnancy registry updates;
  • and more!

In addition, students will participate in the Wilson Student/Postdoctoral Platform Session and a student and postdoctoral career workshop.

In keeping with the theme of the meeting, the Education Committee, chaired by Kimberly C. Brannen, has developed two exciting Education Courses entitled Renal Development: Embryology, Renal Abnormalities and Teratogens, and Clinical Management and Treatment and Epigenetics: A Primer.

Once again, we are pleased to offer joint sessions and a joint registration fee to maximize interactions with our sister societies, the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society (DNTS) and Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS). In addition, this year, the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) Annual Meeting is taking place concurrently just a few blocks away. Concurrent meetings allow for joint sessions and the opportunity for networking between attendees, enriching the exchange of scientific ideas for all participants.

To make this annual meeting truly excellent, WE NEED YOU to present your latest research findings! The abstract deadline is Monday, February 15, 2017. So plan now to submit an abstract of your work!

Our Annual Meeting provides us with the opportunity to promote our shared vision and scientific identity as researchers focused on the causes, manifestations, intervention, and prevention of birth defects, both structural and functional. It also is an expression of our scientific diversity, as a Society of clinicians, scientists, and science policy regulators from academic, industrial, and government sectors. There is no better occasion to learn about the latest scientific research in teratology, to interact with scientists whom you have not yet met, and to network with old friends and colleagues. I look forward to seeing you in Denver and hearing about your latest activities!

Sonja A. Rasmussen, MD, MS
Teratology Society President

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Why Attend the 2017 Teratology Society Annual Meeting?

Birth defects and developmentally-mediated disorders constitute a major public health concern in the world today. Human development can be affected by drugs, chemicals, infectious diseases, diet, genetics, and maternal health as well as 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.

Our Annual Meeting provides the opportunity to promote our shared vision and scientific identity as researchers focused on the causes, manifestations, intervention, and prevention of birth defects and disorders of developmental origin.

  • The meeting promotes and expresses our scientific diversity as a society of fellow clinicians, scientists, and science policy regulators from academic, industrial, and government sectors.
  • Attendees can indulge in discussions from philosophical to practical with established experts in the field, new researchers, and students.
  • The Annual Meeting provides a place and time to catch up with colleagues, make new friends, and network.
  • Scientific sessions highlight the latest scientific research in birth defects, diseases of developmental origin and cutting edge technologies.

The theme of the 2017 meeting is “World Spotlight: Elevating Birth Defects Research” and will highlight that preventing and treating birth defects and developmental disabilities is dependent on: a) developing and integrating the latest information and technology into research; and b) recruiting, training, and mentoring the next generation of birth defects researchers.
If your research and/or daily activities involve any of the items below, you should come to Denver!

  • Researchers whose cutting edge science can be applied to birth defects research such as research with stem cells, adverse outcomes pathways, computational toxicology, genomics/genetics, mechanistic toxicology, proteomics, or metabolomics.
  • Clinicians involved in early diagnosis of birth defects, technologies to identify birth defects or adverse pregnancy outcomes, identification of chemicals and pathogens that affect pregnancy and development.
  • Epidemiologists working to recognize developmental disabilities.
  • Regulators responsible for interpreting and managing regulations based on reproductive and developmental endpoints.
  • Developmental and Reproductive Toxicologists who develop and/or test pharmaceuticals or chemicals for development and reproductive effects.
  • Pharmacologists who develop and design new drugs and chemicals for use during pregnancy and early childhood.
  • Educators teaching developmental and reproductive biology/toxicology, serve as mentors to students, or develop training materials for scientists, clinicians or pregnant women,
  • Students and Postdoctoral Fellows with a desire to learn more in developmental or reproductive toxicology, and diseases of developmental origin, and who want a career in government, academia, or industry in the field of birth defects research.

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Register Early and Save

The meeting will be held at the Grand Hyatt Denver, located near 16th Street Mall, with a prime setting just moments from the most popular attractions in the city and approximately 23 miles from the Denver International Airport (DEN).

Emeritus members are encouraged to attend the meeting and the Education Courses. Reduced registration rates have been established for Emeritus members of the Teratology Society to participate in the Annual Meeting. To qualify for this rate, you must be an approved Emeritus member of the Teratology Society.

We applaud the 2017 Program and Education Committees for preparing an outstanding meeting. The 2017 program represents the great strengths of our multidisciplinary Society and presents something for everyone. The Teratology Society invites you to join us in Denver for an exciting and rewarding scientific meeting.


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