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Teratology Society Awards

Description: 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 will recognize an individual who has provided distinguished service to The Teratology Society.

The recipient must:

  1. have been a member of the Society for at least ten (10) years;
  2. have served the Society in the past in some of the following categories: Chair of a Standing Committee; Officer of the Society; Member of Council; Editor of one of our Journals;
  3. provide evidence of a productive career in Teratology; and
  4. demonstrate leadership in the discipline, as evidenced by participation in national and international review committees or public advisory groups and/or the training of predoctoral and/or postdoctoral fellows in teratology.

Nominations will occur in two ways:
1. Any Teratology Society member can nominate another member by submitting the following:

  1. A letter of nomination from a member of the Teratology Society identifying how the nominee meets the eligibility criteria.
  2. A second letter of reference must be provided from another individual who is familiar with the nominee's career.

2. Teratology Society headquarters will provide the Awards Committee with a list of members who meet the eligibility requirements for the award as they relate to membership status and service to the society. Chairs of committees on which eligible candidates have served will be contacted to facilitate nomination of eligible candidates, and for suggestions for individuals to provide supporting letters of nomination (i.e., a second letter of reference). The Awards Committee will then further evaluate the eligible candidates for their publications, funding success, and other evidence of a distinguished scientific career.

The Awards Committee will request supporting documentation from each nominee, to include past accomplishments of the nominee (i.e., curriculum vitae), current research interests and projects, and a statement on how nominee believes his/her career will advance discovery in birth defects research.

A complete nomination package will consist of:

  1. A letter of nomination from a member of the Teratology Society identifying how the nominee meets the eligibility criteria.
  2. A second letter of reference must be provided from another individual who is familiar with the nominee’s career.
  3. A copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae.
  4. A statement on how the nominee believes his/her career will advance discovery in birth defects research.
  5. Other information as requested by the Awards Committee.


Judging process: The Awards Committee will select the recipient of this award using the criteria listed above.

Nominations are due December 31. Nominations should be sent to the Chair of the Awards Committee, Julia Gohlke (jgohlke@vt.edu).

2017 Recipient

John M. DeSesso, PhD

Past recipients

2016
Anthony R. Scialli, MD

2015
Jan M. Friedman, MD, PhD, FAAP, FABMG, FCCMG, FRCPC

2014
Carole A. Kimmel, PhD

2013
Richard K. Miller, PhD

2012
Robert L. Brent, MD, PhD

2011
George P. Daston, PhD

2010
F. Clarke Fraser, OC, MD, DSc, FRSC

Description: 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. The award is presented during the annual meeting of the Teratology Society. The awardee will give a presentation related to his/her research. It is intended that the presentation will serve as a demonstration to pre- and postdoctoral students of the development of an independent career in birth defects research.

Eligibility requirements: Criteria for the award include being active in the Teratology Society and evidence of a successful independent research career, as demonstrated, for example, by high quality publications in peer-reviewed journals, obtaining funding for research endeavors, an established teaching program, an active graduate student program, or being generally recognized as an expert in the field. Individuals working in academia, government, and industry will be equally eligible to compete for this award. Candidates must be within ten years of the date their last formal training in a field directly related to the disciplines of Birth Defects, Developmental Biology, Epidemiology or Teratology (e.g., degree conferral, postdoctoral fellowship, residency program, etc.) and must be nominated by a member of the Teratology Society. Letters of nomination should be sent to the chair of the Awards Committee.  

Teratology Society headquarters will provide the Awards Committee with a list of members who meet the eligibility requirements for the award as they relate to membership status and service to the society. Chairs of committees on which eligible candidates have served will be contacted to facilitate nomination of eligible candidates, and for suggestions for individuals to provide supporting letters of nomination (i.e., a second letter of reference). The Awards Committee will then further evaluate the eligible candidates for their publications, funding success, and other evidence of an independent scientific career.

The Awards Committee will request supporting documentation from each nominated candidate, to include past accomplishments of the candidate (i.e., curriculum vitae), current research interests and projects, and a statement on how candidate believes his/her career will advance discovery in birth defects research.

The candidate’s information package should consist of the following items:

  1. A letter of nomination from a member of the Teratology Society.
  2. A second letter of reference must be provided from another individual who is familiar with the candidate's research career.
  3. A copy of the candidate's curriculum vitae in PDF format.
  4. Three representative publications of the candidate as PDF documents. The candidate need not be the first author on all publications, but it should be clear that the candidate has played a major role in the design and implementation of a research idea that has led or is likely to lead to an advance in birth defects research.
  5. The candidate may supply a summary of his/her research career with a description of future research directions (optional).

Judging process: The award winner, if any, will be chosen by the Awards Committee, using the criteria listed above under "Eligibility."

Nominations are due December 31. Nominations should be sent to the Chair of the Awards Committee, Julia Gohlke (jgohlke@vt.edu).

2017 Recipient

Evi Struble, PhD

Past recipients

2016
Nicole Churchill Kleinstreuer, PhD

2015
Sarah G. Obican, MD

2014
Julia M. Gohlke, PhD

2013
Peixin Yang, PhD

2012
Robert G. Ellis-Hutchings, PhD

2011
Ludmila Bakhireva, MD, PhD, MPH

2010
Marcia L. Feldkamp, PhD, MSPH, University of Utah

 

 

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Jointly Sponsored by the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society and the Teratology Society

Description: This award honors the legacy of Dr. Patricia Rodier, a past President of the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society and a Council member of the Teratology Society. The award is presented during the annual joint-meeting of the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society and Teratology Society. The awardee will give a presentation related to his/her research at a jointly-sponsored session at the annual meetings. It is intended that the presentation will serve as a demonstration of independent mid-career research in neurobehavioral teratology, birth defects, or other related fields.

Eligibility requirements: Criteria for the award include evidence of a successful independent research career, as demonstrated, for example, by high quality publications in peer-reviewed journals, obtaining independent funding for research endeavors, an established teaching program, an active mentorship of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, young investigators, and/or trainees, or being generally recognized as an expert in the field. Individuals working in academia, government, and industry will be equally eligible to compete for this award. Candidates must be between at least ten years and no more than twenty years from the date of their last formal training (e.g., degree conferral, completion of their postdoctoral fellowship, residency program, clinical fellowship, etc.) and must be nominated by a member of either the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society or the Teratology Society. Letters of nomination should be sent to the Chairs of the Awards Committees of both Societies and should include past accomplishments of the candidate, current research interests and projects, information on mentoring, and information on how the nominator believes the candidate's career has advanced discovery in the field of birth defects or neurodevelopmental research. Given the research emphasis of Dr. Rodier and her devotion to educating students and postdoctoral fellows, special consideration will be given to nominees who meet the following criteria (although these criteria are not mandatory):

  1. Conducts research involving the central nervous system, especially those who combine structure and function in their research, and
  2. Can demonstrate their commitment to mentorship of students, postdoctoral fellows, young investigators, and/or trainees.

The nominee does not have to be a member of either the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society or the Teratology Society.

The proposal package should consist of the following items:

  1. A letter of nomination from a member of either the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society or the Teratology Society.
  2. A second letter of reference must be provided from another individual who is familiar with the candidate's research career.
  3. A copy of the candidate's curriculum vitae in PDF format.
  4. Documents that provide evidence of a successful independent research career if not included in the curriculum vitae (see eligibility criteria above).
  5. The candidate may supply a summary of his/her research career with a description of future research directions (optional).

Judging process: The award winner, if any, will be selected each year by the members of the Awards Committees of the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society and the Teratology Society, with adoption by the respective Councils, using the criteria listed above under "Eligibility."

Nominations are due February 15.

Nominations should be sent to Julia Gohlke (jgohlke@vt.edu), Teratology Society Awards Committee Chair

Awardee Benefits:

  1. A plaque that includes the names of both Societies, the name of the award, a brief statement of the purpose of the award, and the name of the recipient
  2. A $500 honorarium, airfare, 2 nights’ lodging, joint registration to attend both Societies’ Annual Meetings (each Society covers 50% of the expenses associated with the plaque and other benefits)
  3. Platform presentation at the Annual meeting


Any questions can be directed to tshq@teratology.org.

2017 Recipient

Sonia Minnes, PhD

Past Recipients

2016
Christina D. Chambers, PhD, MPH

2015
Gregg D. Stanwood, PhD

Description: This award recognizes innovative and translational research at the intersection of at least two of the following areas:  basic science, new technologies, clinical research, policy, and outreach. The award is presented during the Annual Meeting of the Teratology Society. The finalists (senior authors or his/her designees) for the award will give presentations related to their research. It is intended that the presentations will serve as a demonstration of cutting edge developmental/birth defects research. The presentations may be a poster or platform presentation, as assigned by the Program Chair.

Eligibility, Submission and Judging Process: Criteria for the award include submission of an abstract to the Teratology Society Annual Meeting by the regular deadline (February 15). To be considered for the award, the research presented should have a translational focus (see above description). Prospective candidates wishing to be considered for the award must submit a short justification paragraph (less than 200 words) describing why their research is innovative and translational. The justification paragraph must be submitted via email to TSHQ@teratology.org no later than three business days following the abstract submission deadline. Individuals working in academia, government, and industry will be equally eligible to compete for this award.
The Annual Meeting Program Chair will provide the Awards Committee with abstracts that meet the eligibility requirements for the award. The Awards Committee will then further evaluate the eligible candidates based on their submitted abstract and justification, and identify three finalists, which will be noted in the Annual Meeting Program and announced prior to the Annual Meeting. Presentations of the finalists will be attended by the Awards Committee members at the Annual Meeting, and the final awardee will be announced and recognized at the Annual Meeting. 

Awardee Benefits: A cash prize of $500.00 and a recognition certificate will be presented to the awardee at the Annual Meeting. In addition, the awardee will receive one-year complimentary membership in the Teratology Society.


Any questions can be directed to tshq@teratology.org.

Description: This annual 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 award amount is $1,500. The essence of the winning publication will be presented and discussed by the primary author at an award ceremony at the annual meeting of the Teratology Society. Mrs. James G. Wilson is a tireless supporter of the Teratology Society and through the James G. Wilson Foundation has provided the generous resources for this prestigious award.

Eligibility requirements: Publication of one or more papers in the journal Birth Defects Research in the 12 months (January 1 - December 31) of the year prior to the selection.

Judging process: Papers to be considered for this award are nominated by the editor and the section editors of Birth Defects Research. The winning publication is selected by the Teratology Society's Publication Committee based on its originality, approach and impact. The primary focus of the publication must be on research on the mechanisms of dysmorphology and/or developmental susceptibility, and it must have significant impact on the discipline.

2016–2017 Recipient

Annelise Arth, Vijaya Kancherla, Helena Pachón, Sarah Zimmerman, Quentin Johnson, Godfrey P. Oakley Jr.
“A global update on folic acid-preventable spina bifida and anencephaly”
Birth Defects Research Part A

106(7):520-529, 2014
Presentation Given By: Vjaya Kancherla, MD, PhD

Past recipients

2015–2016

Marilyn Silva, Nathalie T. Pham, Carolyn M. Lewis, Shoba Iyer, Eric S. C. Kwok, Gina M. Solomon, Lauren Zeise
"A Comparison of ToxCast Test Results with In Vivo and Other In Vitro Endpoints for Neuro, Endocrine, and Developmental Toxicities: A Case Study Using Endosulfan and Methidathion"
Birth Defects Research Part B
404(2):71-89,2015
Presentation Given By: Marilyn H. Silva, PhD, DABT

2014–2015

Rodney Dietert, Ph.D.
The Microbiome in Early Life: Self-Completion and Microbiota Protection As Health Priorities.”
Birth Defects Research Part B
101(4):333-340, 2014

2013–2014

Lorraine M. Posobiec, Robert L. Clark, Paul B. Bushdid, Susan B. Laffan, Kai-Fen Wang, Tacey E. K. White
“Dihydroartemisinin (DHA) Treatment Causes an Arrest of Cell Division and Apoptosis in Rat Embryonic Erythroblasts in Whole Embryo Culture.”
Birth Defects Research Part B 98(6):445-458, 2013

Presentation Given By: Lorraine Posobiec

2012–2013

Dae Seok Eom, Smita Amarnath, Jennifer L. Fogel, Seema Agarwala
“Bone Morphogenetic Proteins Regulate Hinge Point Formation during Neural Tube Closure by Dynamic Modulation of Apicobasal Polarity”
Birth Defects Research Part A 94(10): 804-816, 2012

Presentation Given By: Seema Agarwala

2011–2012

George R. Flentke, Ana Garic, Ed Amberger, Marcos Hernandez, Susan M. Smith
“Calcium-Mediated Repression of b-Catenin and Its Transcriptional Signaling Mediates Neural Crest Cell Death in an Avian Model of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome” Birth Defects Research Part A 91(7):591-602, 2011

Presentation Given By: Susan M. Smith

2010–2011

Maxence Vieux-Rochas, Kamal Bouhali, Sabrina Baudry, Anastasia Fontaine, Laurent Coen, Giovanni Levi. “Irreversible Effects of Retinoic Acid Pulse on Xenopus Jaw Morphogenesis: New Insight into Cranial Neural Crest Specification.” Birth Defects Research, Part B 89:493-503 (2010)

Presentation Given By: Maxence Vieux-Rochas

2009–2010

J. Michael Salbaum, Richard H. Finnell, Claudia Kappen. “Regulation of Folate Receptor 1 Gene Expression in the Visceral Endoderm.” Birth Defects Research, Part A 85:303-313 (2009)

Presentation Given By: J. Michael Salbaum

 

Award recipient archive

Description: The Birth Defects Research Distinguished Scholar Awards were created with a generous annual contribution from the publisher of the Society's journals, Wiley-Blackwell. 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 awards 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. Authors of papers published in Birth Defects Research Part A and Birth Defects Research Part B will be evaluated separately in order to recognize manuscripts published in each journal. The number of citations for papers published in each journal over a 5-10 year period prior to the year of the awards is the basis for preliminary selection, but other factors (see below) are considered by the selection committee. Both original research articles and review articles will be considered, and the selection committee will have the flexibility to make awards to authors of both types of articles. Each journal has an award total of $1500, which may be divided among multiple authors and which may be accepted in the form of cash or reimbursement in-kind (i.e., for TS meeting registration, airfare, and/or hotel room). The award recipients will be recognized at the annual meeting of the Teratology Society, but the award recipients are not required to be in attendance. The recipients need not be members of the Teratology Society.

Judging process: Authors for the individual awards are selected by the Awards Committee. Articles published in the prior 5-10 years will be initially evaluated for the number of citations to date. The period for counting citations will end on 01-Jan of the year in which the awards will be announced. The selection committee endeavors to weigh the overall impact on the field of birth defects research of the most highly cited papers and the overall publication record of the authors in consideration. Other factors to be considered include: other prior and concurrent publications, the innovation, originality, and depth of the analyses performed, and prior awards from the Teratology Society (e.g., Wilson Publication Award). Previous Birth Defects Research Distinguished Scholar Award recipients will be ineligible for a period of three years for the specific body of research.

2017 Recipients

Birth Defects Research: Part A
Lorenzo D. Botto, Angela E. Lin, Tiffany Riehle-Colarusso, Sadia Malik, Adolfo Correa
“Seeking causes: Classifying and evaluating congenital heart defects in etiologic studies”
BDRA 79, 10: 714–169, 2007

Birth Defects Research: Part B
Robert E. Chapin
“NTP-CERHR expert panel report on the reproductive and developmental toxicity of bisphenol A”
BDRA 83, 3: 157–395, 2007

Past Recipients

2016
Birth Defects Research: Part A
Muriel J. Harris, PhD and Diana M. Juriloff, PhD
"Mouse Mutants with Neural Tube Closure Defects and Their Role in Understanding Human Neural Tube Defects"
BDRA 79, 3: 187–210, 2007
and
"An Update to the List of Mouse Mutants with Neural Tube Closure Defects and Advances toward a Complete Genetic Perspective of Neural Tube Closure"
BDRA 88, 8: 653–669, 2010

Birth Defects Research: Part B
Timothy F. Oberlander, MD, FRCPC
"Major Congenital Malformations Following Prenatal Exposure to Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors and Benzodiazepines Using Population-Based Health Data"
BDRB 83, 1: 68–76, 2008

2015
Birth Defects Research: Part A
Mark A. Canfield, PhD, Adolfo Correa, MD, PhD, MBA, and Russell S. Kirby, PhD, MS
"National estimates and race/ethnic-specific variation of selected birth defects in the United States, 1999–2001"
BDRA 76, 11: 747–756, 2006
and
"Updated national birth prevalence estimates for selected birth defects in the United States, 2004-2006"
BDRA
88, 12: 1008-1016, 2010

Birth Defects Research: Part B
Karen A. Augustine-Rauch PhD, and Kimberly Brannen, PhD
"Development of a zebrafish embryo teratogenicity assay and quantitative predictive model"
BDRB 89, 1: 66–77, 2010

2014
Birth Defects Research: Part A
Bengt Källen, MD, PhD
"In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) in Sweden: Risk for Congenital Malformations after Different IVF Methods"
BDRA 73, 3: 162-169, 2005

Birth Defects Research: Part B
Anick Bérard, PhD
"First Trimester Exposure to Paroxetine and Risk of Cardiac Malformations in Infants: The Importance of Dosage"
BDRB 80, 1: 18-27, 2007

Description: 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 Fellow shall be selected by the Awards and Education Committees of the Teratology Society.

2017 Recipient

Elaine Z. Francis, PhD

Past recipients

2016
Richard K. Miller, PhD

2015
Melissa S. Tassinari, PhD, DABT

2014
John M. DeSesso, PhD

2013
James L. Schardein, MS, FATS

2012
Carole A. Kimmel, PhD

2011
Robert L. Brent, MD, PhD

2010
Thomas H. Shepard, PhD

Award recipient archive

Description: This lecture is presented to facilitate the discussion of new and old teratogens during the annual meeting. The lecturer and the lecture topic are selected by the Program Committee.

Teratogen Update Lectures are available at http://www.teratology.org/teratogen.asp.

2017 Lecturer

Jan M. Friedman, MD, PhD

Past Lecturers

2016
Christina D. Chambers, PhD, MPH

2015
Jan M. Friedman, MD, PhD, FAAP, FABMG, FCCMG, FRCPC

2014
Sonja A. Rasmussen, MD, MS

2013 and 2012
Joe Leigh Simpson, MD, FACOG, FACMG

2011
Sonja A. Rasmussen, MD, MS

2010
Lewis B. Holmes, MD

2009
Melissa Sherman Tassinari, PhD, DABT

2008
Lewis B. Holmes, MD

Description: This award recognizes a scientist who has significantly contributed to the field of teratology over his/her career. The award recipient presents a lecture scheduled as a highlight of the Teratology Society's annual meeting.

Eligibility requirements: A distinguished career devoted to research in the field of teratology. The lecturer need not be a member of the Teratology Society. Candidates can be nominated by members of the Teratology Society, and at times nominations have also been made by an ad hoc selection committee.

Judging process: The Warkany Lecturer is selected by the president of the Teratology Society from the list of nominated candidates.

2017 Recipient

José F. Cordero, MD, MPH
Eliminating Congenital Zika Syndrome: Lessons Learned from Rubella Elimination

Past Recipients

2016
Elaine M. Faustman, PhD, University of Washington
Framing Our Birth Defects Questions with Systems Biology: Learning from Our Mentors

2015
William Slikker Jr., National Center for Toxicological Research, US FDA
Developmental Toxicology: Putting the Puzzle Together

2014
Thomas B. Knudsen, US Environmental Protection Agency

Teratology v2.0: Building a Path Forward

2013
Robert J. Kavlock, US Environmental Protection Agency
A Random Walk through Teratology

2012
J. David Erickson
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Retired
An Epidemiological Enterprise: From Fluoride to Folate

2011
Kathleen Sulik
University of North Carolina
A Tail of Mice and Men, Embryos and Ethanol

2010
Diana M. Juriloff
University of British Columbia
50 Years of Progress in Understanding the Causes of Three Common Birth Defects

 

 

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Trainee Awards

Description: Each year the Teratology Society awards money to students and postdoctoral fellows to assist them with their travel expenses to attend the Teratology Society Annual Meeting. Students and postdoctoral fellows who have an abstract that is accepted for presentation and present the abstract during the meeting, as either a platform or poster presentation, are eligible for a Travel Award of $500. Applicants should be enrolled in a program leading to a graduate degree in a field of study related to teratology or should be postdoctoral fellows in such a field.

Eligibility requirements: Applicants should be enrolled in a program leading to a graduate degree in a field of study related to teratology or should be a postdoctoral fellow in such a field and should intend to attend the Teratology Society Annual Meeting. Applicants wishing to be considered for a Travel Award must indicate that they will be applying for the award when submitting their abstract for presentation at the Annual Meeting. Abstracts are submitted electronically using an online submission system. During the submission process you will be instructed to check the boxes for the award(s) you wish to apply for and given instructions on how to provide the required additional information to the chair of the Student Affairs Committee.

Applicants are also required to be Teratology Society members. Student membership requirements consist of sponsorship by a member of the Teratology Society and the signature of the applicant's Major Professor whose signature verifies that the applicant is a student or postdoctoral fellow in good standing and is working in the field of teratology. The Major Professor also will provide the expected date of graduation or fulfillment of fellowship. Student members are requested to apply for Regular or Associate membership status at the first Annual Meeting of the Society after they graduate or after fulfillment of their postdoctoral fellowship. Those students who choose not to apply for Regular or Associate membership status by the time of the succeeding Annual Meeting will have their membership inactivated. For information about applying for membership please visit the Teratology Society website.

Students/postdoctoral fellows who apply for a Travel Award must be members of the Teratology Society at the time of the meeting. The applicants will be instructed to have their mentor submit a letter of recommendation; without this they are not eligible to be considered for a Travel Award. The letter should include the following information:

  • a specific statement to confirm applicant is currently enrolled at the sponsoring institution or still in the formal training phase of their education
  • a brief description of the curriculum of study and/or research program
  • an assessment of the qualities that would single out the applicant for recognition by the Teratology Society
  • optionally, additional introduction, methods, results, discussion, and/or two pages of illustrative materials

Award process: All applications are reviewed by the Student Affairs Committee to ensure their completeness and that all of the requirements have been met. Members of the Student Affairs Committee attend each student and postdoctoral platform and poster presentation to ensure that the applicant presents their abstract at their appointed time. Travel Award recipients who fail to meet this requirement will be ineligible to receive the award.

Past recipients

Recipients are too numerous to list individually.

Purpose: The goal of the Edward W. Carney Trainee Award Fund is to encourage education and training in reproductive and developmental toxicology. The fund will be used to support 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 SOT and the Teratology Society.

Eligibility: Recipients must be current graduate students or postdoctoral scholars at the time of the award submission. Individuals who are not a member of the Society of Toxicology and/or the Teratology Society are eligible, but those who are or who are in the process of becoming a member will be given preferential consideration.

Submission: Submission files should include 3 documents. (1) A cover letter with personal statement describing how the current project fits into their overall thesis, training, and career goals. (2) A copy of the abstract to be presented as part of the travel award. Preferential consideration will be given to scholars that have already submitted abstracts. (3) A letter of recommendation from the student's primary academic advisor or mentor is highly encouraged.

Judging Criteria: Award recipient(s) will be selected based on the scientific quality of the abstract, overall impact to the fields of reproductive and developmental toxicology or teratology, and career goals in these fields. Current career status will be taken under consideration in the judging process (i.e. - graduate student vs. postdoctoral fellow).

Award Deadline: There are two yearly application deadlines for the Edward W. Carney Trainee Award. The submission deadline for travel to the Teratology Annual Meeting is February 15th and deadline for travel to the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting is November 15th. If applying for travel support to another relevant meeting, applicants should submit their application to either of the February or November deadline prior to the desired meeting.

Contact Individual(s): The SOT Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Specialty Section President, Kary Thompson and Teratology Society President, Alan Hoberman will serve as the Co-Chairs of the Award Committee and primary points of contact for the respective societies. Applications for travel support for the Teratology Society meeting should be emailed to tshq@teratology.org with "Edward W. Carney Trainee Fund Application" noted in the Subject Line of the cover email. The submission deadline for travel to the Teratology Annual Meeting is February 15.

Disbursement and Notification Process: The Co-Chairs of the Award Committee will ensure that the winner(s) receive their award in a timely manner. It is expected that the winner(s) of the Edward W. Carney Trainee Award will be announced and/or acknowledged at the RDTSS Annual SOT Meeting Reception, the Teratology Society Annual Meeting, or at the annual meeting for which the travel award was granted, if different.

2017 Recipient

Marie McKenzie, University of Georgia

Past Recipient

2016
Deirdre K. Tucker, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill

Description: This award is presented to a student or postdoctoral fellow in recognition of scholarship in teratology and service to the Teratology Society and includes a cash prize. An important aspect of the a ward is recognition by fellow trainees, who are polled on which nominee should receive the a ward. The Marie W. Taubeneck Fund established in memory of Dr. Taubeneck supports this award.

Eligibility: This award is open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows (hereafter “trainees”) who are members of the Society and is based on the following considerations:

  • Level of involvement in the Teratology Society
  • Attendance at a minimum of one Teratology Society meeting
  • Leadership among and mentoring of fellow trainees
  • Level of enthusiasm for developmental and reproductive sciences
  • Courage to pursue new methods and areas of research
  • Is a trainee at the time of nomination

*Leadership among fellow trainees may be demonstrated in any number of ways, both formally and informally. Below are a few examples of the type of leadership and mentoring that help fellow trainees feel welcome and supported in our Society.

  • Actively engaged with fellow trainees at the meeting
  • Facilitate interactions with other trainees
  • Openly share experiences, both positive and negative, with fellow trainees to support, or even commiserate with them
  • Seek out and welcome trainees attending their first meeting
  • Support aspiring scientists in your lab, university or community

Nomination and Application Process
Nominations: Nominees for the award will be identified by polling Society members, mentors, committee chairs, and trainees. Nomination letters should include a brief description of the trainee’s activities with regard to the eligibility considerations. Nomination letters should be sent to Teratology Society Headquarters no later than March 31.

Applications: Trainees who wish to be considered for this award should provide a letter that includes a brief description of their activities with regard to the eligibility considerations. Application letters should be sent to Teratology Society Headquarters no later than March 31.

Nominees and applicants considered to be eligible for the award will be notified and requested to provide a brief biographical summary for the ballot, highlighting activities related to eligibility, particularly in the areas of involvement, leadership, and mentoring.

Judging process: A poll will be conducted of all trainees in attendance at the Annual Meeting. The final selection will be made by the Student Affairs Committee taking into consideration the trainee poll and eligibility criteria.

Past recipients

2016
Nazem El Husseini, McGill University

2015
Rahat Wadhwa Desai, University of Georgia

2014
Kristin R. Di Bona, The University of Alabama

2013
France-Helene Paradis, MS, McGill University

2012
Nisha S. Sipes, PhD

2011
Joshua F. Robinson, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)

 

Award recipient archive

Description: Two students (graduate students in an accredited degree-granting program or postdoctoral fellows) will be selected based on their platform presentations at the annual Teratology Society meeting to receive an award of $500.

Eligibility requirements: See eligibility requirements for Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Travel Awards. Applicants must also submit a letter of intent indicating that the work to be presented has not previously been presented elsewhere.

Judging process: Award winners will be selected by the Student Affairs Committee.

Past recipients

Please send the web committee a comment if you have information on the years with missing names.

2017
Kai Craenen (predoctoral), SCK-CEN/KUL
Karen E. Boschen, PhD (postdoctoral), University of North Carolina

2016
Nazem El Husseini (predoctoral), McGill University
Danielle Drake (predoctoral), University of Toronto

2015
Nazem El Husseini (predoctoral), McGill University
Charles Benjamin Lovely, PhD (postdoctoral), University of Texas at Austin

2014
Nicole Gardner, (predoctoral), Creighton University School of Medicine
France-Helene Paradis, (predoctoral), McGill University

2013
Susanna H. Wegner, BA (predoctoral), University of Washington School of Public Health
David Pamies, PhD (postdoctoral), Center of Alternative Animal Testing

2012
Serena Banh, BSc (predoctoral), McGill Univeristy
Rebecca M. Roulo (predoctoral), University of Georgia

2011
Jessica LaRocca (predoctoral), Brown University
France-Helene Paradis (predoctoral), McGill University
Nicole Kleinstreuer, Ph.D. (postdoctoral), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

 

 

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Description: This is an award for the best poster presentation by a student or postdoctoral fellow at the annual meetings of the Teratology Society (TS) and Developmental Neurotoxicology Society (DNTS). It is jointly sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Reproduction and Teratology Association (MARTA) and sanofi-aventis. Currently the award consists of a plaque and $250, although the monetary award is subject to change.

Jim Bradford was a past-President of MARTA, Sigma Xi and on Committees of the Teratology Society. He was Director of R&D Operations at Sanofi at the time of his death. Jim mentored several current members of the Teratology Society and was a pioneer in Industrial Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology (DART) Testing. Jim was the consummate scientist, well respected and universally liked.

Eligibility requirements: Currently the award is presented for the best student (undergraduate or graduate) and post-doctoral posters presented at the joint TS/DNTS meeting.

Judging process: Judging is based on the poster subject and impact, clarity of presentation, and appearance, and on the presenter's understanding/knowledge (evaluated by answers to questions from the judges).

Past recipients

2017
Brian Johnson, PhD (postdoctoral)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Orofacial Clefting in Response to Hedgehog Pathway Antagonists is Recapitulated in a Practical Epithelial:Mesenchymal 3D Culture Model

Jordan M. Buck (predoctoral)
University of Colorado Boulder
Maternal Nicotine Exposure Elicits Mutigenerational Nicotine Preference and Sex-Specific Behavioral Anomalies in Adolescent Mice

2016
Kelsey Dzwilewski (predoctoral)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Associations of Prenatal Exposure to Phthalates and Bisphenol A with Measures of Cognitive Function in 7.5-Month-Old Infants"

Lauren Walker (predoctoral)
University of California, Riverside
"Aberrant Upstream Kinase Signaling Negatively Impacts Osteogenesis by Impairing FOXO Mediated Oxidative Stress Response"

2015
Samantha Renaud (predoctoral)
Kent State University
"Sex-Specific Differences in the Persistence of Cognitive Impairments Caused by Adolescent Nicotine Exposure"

Suanna H. Wegner, PhD
University of Washington
"Anchoring a Dynamic In Vitro Model of Human Neuronal Differentiation to Key Processes for Brain Development In Vitro"

2014
Caroline S. Shea, (predoctoral)
Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
"Male and Female Exposures Both Contribute to Teratogenicity of QAC Disinfectants"

Jessica LaRocca, PhD, (postdoctoral)
Harvard University
"First Trimester Phthalate and Phenol Exposure is Associated with miRNA Alterations in the Placenta"

2013
Benjamin Henderson, (predoctoral)
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
“Low Doses of Iron-Oxide Nanoparticles Have a Detrimental Effect on Reproduction and Development”

Smitha Infante, PhD, (postdoctoral)
Northern Kentucky University
“Bax Phosphorylation Is Associated with Subcellular Localization and Oligomerization after Neonatal Hypoxia-Ischemia in Wistar Rats”

 

 

 

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