Invitation from the President
I am pleased to invite you to attend the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Teratology Society, June 22–26, 2013, at a beautiful venue—the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona. The theme for this year’s meeting is “Application of Cutting-Edge Technologies to Improve Assessment, Treatment, Prevention, and Communication regarding Birth Defects.” The Program Committee, chaired by Elaine Francis, has put together an outstanding program around this theme, and the Education Committee, chaired by Ali Faqi, has developed Continuing Education Courses entitled “Principles of Teratology” and “Advanced Technologies in Prenatal and Postnatal Screening and Diagnosis: From Basic Science to Clinical Applications” that fit the theme as well. The program offers an exciting variety of scientific sessions on topics including advances in genomic sciences, application of imaging technologies, predictive developmental toxicology, diabetes and pregnancy, chemotherapeutics, and a tribute to a recently deceased Society member, Dr. Patricia Rodier. Once again, we are pleased to offer joint sessions and a joint registration fee to maximize interactions with our sister societies, Neurobehavioral Teratology Society (NBTS) and Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS). Reduced registration rates have been established to assist Emeritus members to attend both the meeting and the Education Courses; your continued participation in the Annual Meeting is very important to us.
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 urge all of you to join us for this special event.
Edward W. Carney, PhD
Teratology Society President
Why Attend the 2013 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 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.
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 teratology and cutting-edge developments.
The theme of the 2013 meeting is "Application of Cutting-Edge Technologies to Improve Assessment, Treatment, Prevention, and Communication regarding Birth Defects" and will highlight teratology research and issues which have global impact, with topics including advances in genomic sciences, application of imaging technologies, predictive developmental toxicology, diabetes and pregnancy, and chemotherapeutics. There will also be joint sessions with OTIS and NBTS on prenatal origins of neuropsychiatric disorders and FDA pregnancy labeling. Students and postdoctoral fellows have a special appreciation for the multiple opportunities to interact with scientific leaders in attendance.
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The meeting will be held at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. Discover a magical perspective high above Tucson’s Catalina Mountains, where this stunning natural retreat offers a variety of activities, signature services and experiences to relax, energize and inspire guests. The standard room rate for this meeting at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort is $149. Make sure to mention the Teratology Society Annual Meeting to receive complimentary items and fee waivers that the Loews Ventana Canyon will extend to meeting attendees that make their reservation within the Teratology Society room block.
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 2013 Program and Education Committees for preparing an outstanding meeting. The 2013 program represents the great strengths of our multidisciplinary society and presents something for everyone. The Teratology Society invites you to join us in Tucson, Arizona for an exciting and rewarding scientific meeting.