The Annual Business
Meeting of the Teratology Society was called to order by President William
Slikker at 5:00 PM. Approximately 65 Society members were in attendance
at the call to order. A motion to
accept the minutes of the previous business meeting (as posted on the web
site and in the registration lobby) was made, seconded and the approved by
those in attendance.
REPORT - Bill Slikker reviewed the progress the Society made in implementing
our Strategic Plan over the past year. We had organized a full day Public Affairs Committee Workshop, there
have been press releases announcing Society positions on important areas of
concern, Ron Jensh has been appointed Society Historian and many items are
being catalogued and reviewed, we have a trip to the Mutter Museum to provide
entertainment for spouses and families and the Philadelphia Convention Bureau
has a table in the registration area to provide members with information about
places to go and things to due in the Philadelphia area. The past presidents of the Society have all
been personally invited to attend the awards luncheon this year, we have organized
a Behavioral Test Methods Workshop in conjunction with NBTS and BTS and it
was held immediately prior to our meeting, the Web site has been revised and
the Membership Directory is now on-line. Additionally, the division of the Journal into three parts has been
accomplished and all the additional Editorial Boards and Publications Committee
members have been recruited. Many
more items indicative of growth of a healthy Society were also mentioned.
A brief review of the names of the Corporate Supporting and Sustaining
Members was also presented.
REPORT - Shelley Tyl reported that the program for the meeting was running
smoothly. We had 365 attendees for
the Annual Meeting, 111 attendees in the Continuing Education Course and 85
registrants for the Mini Course.
presented slides of the Vancouver area and reported that the meeting next
year will be June 26 through July 1, 2004.
- Ken Jones announced that he was anxious for the members to present
Symposium Suggestions for next year. The Preliminary Program deadline is August 31 this year.
that the meeting site for 2005 was being determined by Council and that the
decision had been narrowed to two sites and we were going to go back to them
to obtain their best and final price quotation prior to making the final decision.
REPORT - George Dearlove put in a plea for more membership contributions to
the Newsletter and to the Web site. The
existence of the suggestion box at the registration table was emphasized,
and the current membership numbers were reviewed. George also noted that Council had made personal
calls to a number of the individuals who had not paid their dues last year
and the Society was able to recapture a number of these individuals. George thanked the individuals who supported
the Society by volunteering to staff the Teratology Society membership booth
at meetings of SOT, CDC and FDA.
REPORT - John Rogers reported the current status of the Society financial
figures. This report included current
meeting income data and our account balances to date. The numbers indicate that the Society is still
in a very strong financial position and we will be placing more funds in our
investment accounts after the expenses from the annual meeting are covered.
Approval of the
Treasurer's reports was moved, seconded and affirmed without further discussion.
tables of numbers presented at the annual meeting from the Treasurer's report
are available in the Society Headquarters Office.
AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE REPORT - Mary Alice Smith announced
the results of the 2003 election: Melissa
Tassinari is the new Vice President-elect, George Dearlove was re-elected
Secretary and Bob Parker was elected to Council.
All candidates were thanked for their willingness to put their names
COMMITTEE - Ida Smoak provided the current new membership numbers and reported
that a change in the by-laws was determined to be required by the committee
in order to bring the by-laws in line with current membership requirements.
Council will refer this issue to the Constitution and By-laws Committee.
A brief moment
of silence followed for the membership to reflect on the loss of two of our
members, Dr. Khera and Dr. Sieber
COMMITTEE - Barbara Abbott presented a power point discussion about the launch
of our three new Journals with proper acknowledgment to the publisher, Wiley-Liss,
the editors and the editorial boards. Each Journal editor had a prepared summary that was presented at
the Issues Forum (the presentations are available if desired by individual
members). If the membership is having
difficulty getting their Journal announcements electronically, or are not
receiving their printed copy they are to contact the Headquarters Office.
The Publisher has agreed to extend access to all three Journals (Parts
A, B and C) electronically for another year.
Wiley will mail the subscriber the password code and then they may
be retrieved from the Wiley link on Teratology.org. Barbara concluded with a plea for membership contributions to all
three parts of the Journal.
COMMITTEE - Tina Chambers reviewed the work conducted by the PAC this past year:
The Fetal Alcohol Syndrome paper has been published in Teratology
and the PAC is currently pushing for other groups to co-endorse the paper
and possibly get it published in additional locations.
The Tobacco Use
position paper is in final review form.
The current experiment
with the all day workshop to try to bring in outside people to address specific
issues and then publish the findings appears to be a success.
For the coming
year, continued press releases are planned as are new statements on Obesity
Committee - Dana Shuey reported that the course attendance was high for the
mini course as well as the standard continuing education course. The course books for both courses were prepared
and donated by CTBR this year. Both
sets of materials were excellent quality and the registrants were very pleased.
The Society thanked CTBR for this donation and then acknowledged the
sponsors of the breaks and breakfasts this year (Covance, DuPont and Endo
COMMITTEE - Jack Bishop reported that 23 students had registered for the meeting
this year. 13 travel awards (approximately
$700 each) were granted. Tom Knudsen
was the individual who completed the NIH travel grant application this year.
For his efforts, the Society was awarded $8,000 to cover student costs
to attend the annual meeting.
The winners of
the Wilson, Bradford and Taubeneck awards will be announced at the awards
encouraged to communicate the availability of the awards, to help the Society
track the students and to encourage membership with the Society.
MARTA and MTA
were thanked for producing another successful student career event.
WEB SITE COMMITTEE
- Robert Felix announced that the web location has been moved to UCSD
to facilitate update and revisions. The
Directory is now on-line, the site itself has been "renovated" and user comments
are requested. Robert will look into
the possibility of downloading the entire directory as one file (possibly
a pdf file) to facilitate members creating hard copy of the directory for
their personal use.
ON BIOINFORMATICS IN TERATOLOGY - Tom Knudsen presented the status of this new committee to the
membership. The committee was formed
to help the membership stay informed about the rapid developments in this
new area of scientific research. If
individuals would like to participate, they should contact Tom for future
- Jeanne Manson (Scientific Policy Division) and John DeSesso (Public Affairs Division). Jeanne reported that the NIH got a 15% increase
in funding last year which completed the doubling of the budget in five years.
In 2004, the FASEB suggested about 10% increase, but will be lucky
to get 2-3%. The issues with foreign postdoctoral individuals
getting Visas was discussed (more difficult with the concern about foreign
workers post 9/11). John asked for
a volunteer to replace him as his term expires in June 2004. This person will need to be able to go to Congress
to assist in lobbying for FASEB agenda items.
COMMITTEE - Howard Solomon is heading a committee to see about up dating the terminology
paper that was published in Teratology. Any interested parties are to contact Howard.
- was called for from the podium.
There being none, the meeting was adjourned at 5:55 PM.