The meeting was
called to order by President Rochelle Tyl at 1:30 PM on Thursday, June 26,
in attendance were: R. Tyl, President; K. Jones, Vice President; M. Tassinari,
Vice President-elect; Wm. Slikker, Past President; J. Rogers, Treasurer; G.
Dearlove, Secretary; J. Graham, R. Parker and P. Wier, Councilors; B. Abbott,
Chair - Publications Committee; T. Chambers, Chair - Public Affairs Committee;
T. Masson, Executive Director
Kimmel presented Council a follow up relative to the National
Children's Study discussed by D. Mattison at Council I. Carole is on the Advisory Committee and pointed
out that the Society has representation on many of the Committees. Carole described how membership to the committees
was determined, explained the function of the committee and clarified how
the organization is set up to represent all groups (no one Society has a representative
specifically for that particular group). The goal for initiation of the study is 2005.
C. Kimmel to send written information about the program to R. Tyl.
Council then to determine how the Society might assist the program
and develop some of the hypotheses to be tested. Additional action to be suggested by R. Tyl following further review
from the Annual Meeting indicated that:
The Continuing Education and Sunrise courses were extremely well received
by the membership.
The Label Change Workshop (sponsored by the PAC) was not as successful as
hoped. More advanced direction may
be required in future programs, but this was a first time effort and was wsell
received by those who attended the program. The Panel discussions should be re-organized to permit more audience
participation. The concept was supported
by Council and PAC will look into the possibility of offering CME Credits
in the future. M. Tassinari will work
with D. Shuey to determine what is required.
Suggestion Box issues (summarized as More coffee available at the breaks,
Coffee available at all the breaks, Coffee and possibly Continental breakfast
available each morning, Posting the meeting schedule in various locations
for attendee reference, Re-evaluate location - Cities are not attractive drawing
places, More attention by session chairs to time limits for speakers, More
emphasis on developmental exposures and less on adult studies). The suggestions for possible symposium topics for next year were
given to K. Jones for consideration.
Exhibitor comments indicated that the location of the exhibit hall was not
good. Whenever the exhibits are on a different floor
or level than the presentations, the attendance is poor. The possibility of offering snacks or other
inducements to attract member attendance into the exhibit area were discussed.
by J. Hanson -
updated Council on the current status of affairs at NICHD.
Jim is the new Director of the new Branch.
Discussion followed regarding grant applications and funding for meetings.
Jim suggested we work together with several agencies to combine the
funding (if possible) to secure a more substantial amount of funds.
To do this will require someone to be in charge of grants (R-13 awards,
RFPs, etc). Some of the grants permit
funding for up to five years (R-13 to U-13 grant). The Society needs some designated individual
with responsibility for grant writing so we gain helpful hints from year to
year to increase our chances of receiving full funding on these highly competitive
programs. As an example of how such
an office might function, Jim mentioned that a very underutilized grant source
for NIH grant holders was the minority supplement (only 1% of them are actually
applied for). Membership notification of these possibilities can occur via the
Web Site (note: Grant holders are
required to have at least two years remaining on the grant in order to qualify
for the increased funding.)
presented the nominees for the Education Committee and the Nominations & Elections
Committee to Council and approval was obtained.
Education Committee will be comprised of M. Narotsky (Chair), S. Braddock,
E. Mylchreest, J. Uriu-Adams (Secretary), G. Jahnke, M. Christian, K. Nemeth
(Student Ad Hoc) and D. Shuey (Past Chair, Ad Hoc).
Nominations & Elections Committee will be comprised of B. Kelman (Chair),
M. O'Hara, L. Roberts, K-W Hew, T. F. X. Collins, M. A. Smith and Wm. Slikker
Committee Job Descriptions are to be requested from all Committee Chairs, from
all Council Members and Officers. The
draft e-mails of the job descriptions (in outline and bullet format) are to
be sent to Headquarters for distribution and discussion at the October Council
meeting. The suggested deadline was
Meeting dates and duration were discussed. October 23 and 24 were selected, with the meeting beginning at 3:00
PM on Thursday and running until 8:00 PM that evening. Council will reconvene at 8:00 AM on Friday
and adjourn by 3:00 PM. Times selected
were to facilitate flight arrival and departure of West Coast Councilors.
The meeting will be held around the Baltimore Washington International
Airport so Council members can obtain the lowest airfares.
The additional time added to the Interim meeting was suggested as a
possible means of reducing the workload undertaken at the Council I sessions
at the annual meeting.
Meeting Discussion -
The Program Committee
for the 2004 meeting will be composed of D. Farmer, M. Tassinari, J. Adams
(NBTS), T. Chambers (OTIS), M. Narotsky (Ed Committee Chair) P. Mirkes, J.
Friedman, R. Finnell, D. Juriloff (need to check spelling on this one),with
J. Heindel and J. Hanson as Ad Hoc members.
OTIS has agreed
to submit all abstracts to Teratology Society in the future in order to reduce
potential scheduling conflicts at the meeting.
They have already submitted many ideas for symposia.
topics were discussed. Time and space limitations have to be clarified
by AIM before we can proceed with setting up a program and establishing room
rates and registration costs. Potential topic and funding may come from the EPA. E. Francis and B. Kavlock to be approached
regarding the potential of EPA funding a program (They would pick the topic,
but input from T. Knudsen's committee would be recommended). P. Mirkes was to follow up to see if a program
with the EPA could be arranged.
Committee has discussed offering a course on Cell Signaling and focusing on
two systems (with the possibility of matching the systems being covered in
Part C of the Journal).
were presented by Wm. Slikker. M.
Barr and D. Wise decided there was too little visibility with the IFTS. They want to organize a symposium to share
with other countries. This will require
more international representation and funding would be difficult to obtain.
Publication Committee has requested additional funding to cover the costs
of the increased number of conference calls requisite with the new Journal
format. Council approved up to $750 for these costs.
Publication Committee for next year would like to restructure so B. Abbott
becomes the past chair, the current Vice Chair will be the new Chair and D.
Hansen will become the new Vice Chair.
P. Wier suggested that Council review the AIM contract and discuss at the
October Council meeting as the contract is active through December of this
Partner Societies were discussed. Some
Clinical groups have been approached about holding joint meetings in 2007. Discussion followed and initiation of the process
by planning Symposia that would overlap the two specialty areas (in conjunction
with recruitment of appropriate abstracts of posters or platform presentations)
was suggested. The smaller group by
group approach will be attempted and re-evaluated annually.
Groups selected and designated contacts were
SPER by T. Chambers
ACPA by M. Cunningham
IFPS by R. Miller
Pediatric Pathology by M. Barr
Membership Committee concerns regarding definition of Student/Full Member. R. Parker to form Ad Hoc subcommittee to redefine
membership categories. The issues
of increasing student participation were discussed, in addition to those of
retaining students as full members after they graduate.
Exhibitor concerns were discussed. Council
determined that the policy of one exhibitor registration for the meeting would
come with each exhibit registration. AIM
will send the exhibitors a letter requesting their input prior to the next
Annual meeting guidelines (planning, funding, expenses): two sets of suggestions
will be distributed electronically and discussed at the October meeting.
PAC position statement on the importance of smoking cessation during pregnancy
was distributed and Council will provide and suggested changes to J. Adams
(copies to T. Chambers) by July 15.
Meeting adjourned 4:25 PM