The meeting was called to order by Bill Slikker at approximately
members present were Wm. Slikker, President; R. Tyl, Vice President; K. Jones,
Vice-President-Elect; J. Friedman, Past President; J. Rogers, Treasurer; G.
Dearlove, Secretary; C. Chambers, Chair of Public Affairs Committee; Councilors
J. Graham and P. Wier; and T. Masson, Executive Director.
1. J. Cordero began the meeting with
a special presentation regarding ways for the Teratology Society to enhance
out interactions with the CDC in Atlanta. J. Cordero is to head a new center within
CDC and informed Council about an upcoming meeting (First CDC Conference on
Birth Defects, Developmental Disabilities, and Disability and Health) to which
the Society should consider sending or table top display booth. The intention is to expand our contacts
within the CDC so we can play a greater role in education, training and research
through greater collaborations.
need for a more active public relations component of the Society was noted
and Jose indicated that the CDC will work with the Society to help get news
releases out. The long-range
goal is to have the Society members push Congress for more funding. A goal would be for the new Birth Defects
division to get about $50 million to stimulate interests of students.
This would be a major undertaking and each member would be asked to
write to his/her congress person.
are a number of possible areas in which the CDC can assist the Society in
training grant applications, etc. A
number of these were discussed.
2. Wm. Slikker then announced his Committee
suggestions for the Nominations and Elections Committee (C. Moore, D. Hansen,
M. Christian, K-W Hew, M.A Smith, Chair, and J. Friedman).
The suggested committee members were approved by unanimous vote of
Council. The offices for which candidates will
be required are Vice President, Secretary and Councilor.
the Education Committee, Bill indicated that D. Shuey will be chair, even
though her term is up, as she is taking over the unexpired term of D. Clarke.
Other Committee members were announced and approved.
Publications Committee restructuring was discussed. The new Committee is to have eight members,
each of whom will serve a maximum of a four year term. We will need to appoint one person for
a one year term, one person for a two year term, one person for a three year
term and two people for four year terms to assist the current committee which
will have K. Augustine as Chair and B. Abbott as Vice Chair. S. Tyl will send names of suggested members
issue with the new contract with the publisher was discussed. The contract will be reviewed by legal
experts and Bill and Jan will review it and sign (if Bill can sign as a Government
employee. If not, then Jan will
sign) Approved by unanimous vote.
4. Public Affairs Update was presented
by Tina Chambers.
Masson is to get AIM proposal for PR assistance for the annual meeting.
consensus workshop idea is progressing and people are willing to commit
time and money to get it into the meeting for next year.
The FDA is willing to help and the FDA, EPA and CDC may be able to
assist financially. Tina to
Alcohol Syndrome paper to be a Teratology Society statement that we will
ask the FAS task force to co-indorse.
The intent is to publish in Part A of Journal and to post on the
CDC web site and see if we can also publish in JAMA.
Marketing Surveillance has more input coming from OTIS and others. Council members are to get comments
to Tina if they want input or changes. E.g. Do we want the CDC to assume more responsibility
as a Public Policy position? This could be an issue for the great debate
next year: industry vs. clinical position on post marketing surveillance.
Discussion followed and the sense of Council was that more input
5. G. Dearlove reported on the results
of the suggestion box survey, the Liaison Breakfast and asked for volunteers
to set up the Teratology Society booth at the CDC meeting in September.
Results of the suggestion box survey are
Simultaneous Sessions should be better balanced
and not so many sessions that cover the non clinical area at the same time
- 6 votes
Add juice or fruit as an option for breakfast
- 4 votes
Reduce the price of the Journal Issue with
the program from $10.00 to $5.00 at the meeting - 1 vote
More meetings in cities to cut costs - 1 vote
Separate "mechanism" papers from
sessions with "descriptive" talks - 1 vote
Have speakers preload presentations to save
time between talks - 1 vote
Add and epidemiology session to the Wiley-Liss
symposium - 1 vote
Have name badges with strings and/or pins as
well as clips - 1 vote
Have working group sessions for genomics/ data
base accumulation -1 vote (B. Abbott)
Have micro array committee or group -1 vote
Posters are manned for too long a time.
Reduce hours to SOT format - 1 vote
Increase member dues and use increase to cut
cost of meeting registration -1 vote
Establish a real program for spouses - 1 vote
Mention K. Sulik made bag for gavel when indicating
C. Grabowski made gavel - 1 vote
Keep mission statement paramount in the new
journal format - 1 vote
attending the Liaison breakfast were
Tony Scialli for MOD
George Daston for SOT Repro and Development
Jack Bishop for EMS
Jeanne Manson for FASEB
John Graham for Dave Smith Workshop, European
Dysmorphology and the Manchester Birth Defects Meetings
Dee Quinn for OTIS
Carrie McMahon for OTIS
Robert Felix fore OTIS
William Slikker for SOT Neurotox Specialty
Karen Acuff for NBTS
Jan Friedman for ASHG
Dearlove and Tonia Masson for TS to discuss the proposed duties of the Liaison
position. These will be posted
in the newsletter.
Plans for the 2003 meeting in Philadelphia were discussed by Wm. Slikker
and R. Tyl. Workshop plans are
taking shape with the Public Affairs workshop, a technical how to program
for Seg II studies in the planning stages and the Neurobehavior workshop being
planned in conjunction with BTS and NBTS by Wm. Slikker. Additionally, Jeff Peters is going to function as the Ad Hoc
chair for a program for High School Teachers.
Annual Meeting Survey Results were presented by T. Masson. The results indicated that the membership in attendance preferred
Developmental Biology>Society of Toxicology>FASEB>Perinatal Epidemiology>other
choices for a combined meeting in the future. The reason people attend the meeting are
for education>networking>location. The preference for month to hold the annual meeting was June>May>July
and the location preferences was Alternate between a city and a resort>city>resort.
The majority of attendees preferred a 5-day duration for a meeting
with 4 days a close second. There
was no overwhelming choice for a site for future meetings (no city received
more than 4 votes, but the state of California was indicated on 11 ballots).
meeting adjourned without having an exact time or location for the midyear
Council meeting. T. Masson was
to poll Council members later to determine availability and preference.