Sister Societies/Related Organizations
The Teratology Society works closely with several related organizations. Two of these organizations, our “sister societies,” regularly hold concurrent annual meetings with the Teratology Society. These concurrent meetings allow for ample joint scientific sessions and networking opportunities.
Developmental Neurotoxicology Society and its members focus on studies of the developmental origins of nervous system disorders and their long-term effects on behavior and biology.
Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) is a professional scientific society made up of individuals engaged in assessing and evaluating risks to pregnancy and breastfeeding from environmental exposures. Members include, but are not limited to, specialists in the fields of: obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, genetics, dysmorphology, perinatal epidemiology, teratology, behavioral teratology, pharmacy, genetic counseling, nursing, midwifery, maternal and child health, public health, and includes experts that provide the MotherToBaby service. MotherToBaby teratogen information specialists maintain a library of fact sheets on a variety of exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding, as well as answer questions from the general public and health care providers. To be connected with a MotherToBaby expert via phone or text, please visit www.MotherToBaby.org or download the MotherToBaby app, available for iOS and Android devices. OTIS also conducts observational research through the MotherToBaby Pregnancy Studies based at UC San Diego.
Other organizations with which the Teratology Society works closely include:
American College of Toxicology (ACT) and the Teratology Society co-host a week-long Practical Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology course for industrial and regulatory scientists. This course is held in alternating years.
European Teratology Society (ETS) and the Teratology Society co-host an exchange lecture at each society’s annual meeting.
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is the USA’s largest coalition of biomedical researchers, representing 30 scientific societies and over 130,000 researchers from around the world, including the Teratology Society and its members. FASEB is recognized as the policy voice of biological and biomedical researchers.
HESI Global is a nonprofit that brings together scientists from academia, government, industry, and NGOs from around the world to ensure the health and safety of people and our environment. HESI Global sponsors a Symposium each year at the Teratology Society Annual Meeting.
International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research and Surveillance (ICBDSR) brings together birth defect surveillance and research programs from around the world with the aim of investigating and preventing birth defects and lessening the impact of their consequences. ICBDSR is the lead organization of World Birth Defects Day (March 3), a global awareness raising campaign which has grown to involve over 75 organizations worldwide, with a combined reach of over 2.8M on social media. ICBDSR offers an online self-paced course on birth defect surveillance and prevention.
March of Dimes sponsors the March of Dimes Symposium at the Teratology Society Annual Meeting. The Teratology Society is also part of the March of Dimes-led Zika Coalition.
Middle Atlantic Reproduction and Teratology Association (MARTA) and the Teratology Society co-host a trainee career developmental and networking event at the Teratology Society Annual Meeting. Additionally, MARTA sponsors with James C. Bradford Memorial Poster Awards at the Teratology Society Annual Meeting.
National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) is a volunteer-based organization that addresses the issues of birth defects surveillance, research, and prevention under one umbrella by maintaining a national network of state and population-based birth defects programs. The Teratology Society works closely with NBDPN on National Birth Defects Prevention Month (January). NBDPN has published Guidelines for Conducting Birth Defects Surveillance, available in the Resources section of their website.
Society of Toxicology (SOT) and the Teratology Society co-administer the Edward W. Carney Trainee Award. Additionally, through the Teratology Society’s membership in the Scientific Liaison Coalition, Teratology Society members enjoy discounted registration at SOT Contemporary Concepts in Toxicology (CCT) conferences.