26 , 2004 (0900 hr)
Members in Attendance: R. Tyl, President; K. Jones, Vice
President; G. Dearlove, Secretary; J. Graham and R. Parker, Councilors
(quorum requirement) and T. Masson, Executive Director. Wm. Slikker,
Past President and J. Rogers, Treasurer arrived at 0915 hr; R.
Miller, Chair of the Publication Committee at 1020 hr; M. Tassinari,
Vice President-elect was delayed in transit and P. Wier was excused.
C. Chambers, Chair of Public Affairs Committee had duties with
OTIS and was unable to attend the early morning session.
Minutes from Interim Council Conference Call
(June 10, 2004) were reviewed and approved following the correction
of NIAA to NIAAA.
President’s Report: R. Tyl presented an update
on Society progress in complying with the goals set forth in the
2002 Strategic Planning Session.
Improvement of the Annual Meeting is an ongoing process. Shelley
urged Council to be diligent in getting attendees input for
the Annual Meeting evaluation sheets this year. Council will
carry sheets through the meeting to get Members input. This
is in addition to the forms that are present in the registration
The Society should use its diversity to our advantage (a strength,
not a weakness). To address this fact, an Ad Hoc Committee of
all the different “groups” within the Society should
be formed to further this goal. K. Jones will Chair this Ad
Hoc Committee to discuss how to create a consensus of opinions
to be a strong point of the Society (e.g. position papers).
The Web site is probably utilized or not based on Membership
age category. The Committee needs to reinforce membership usage
of the site and add a “hit counter” to determine
actual usage, if possible. This will permit a more accurate
determination of Web site activity. We need to further our contacts
with other Societies to gain “linkage” from their
sites to ours.
The Journal is doing extremely well. The Membership Committee
will be requested to follow up with authors who are not currently
members in the Society. R. Parker and R. Miller to draft a letter
to be sent to non-member authors.
Education courses are doing well. The workshop for local teachers
(part of our Outreach Program) should be incorporated into each
future meetings (if possible) as a function of the Public Affairs
Our long term plans are not well communicated to the membership.
Council needs to add some metrics to our evaluation process
when determining if we are reaching our stated goals. We need
to have an accurate record of how we spent money on Outreach
and how that impacted the overall budget in the long run. An
Ad Hoc Committee to evaluate funding needs in conjunction with
OTIS, NBTS and BTS (determine long range plans of who to speak
to when seeking funds, who to write grant applications, etc).
Committee to be Chaired by G. Dearlove and to incorporate Officers
from OTIS, NBTS and BTS for best results.
Current Committee SOPs need to be drafted and approved by Council.
These should be reviewed annually for Committee efficiency and
appropriateness. The SOPs should include, where possible, short
term, midterm and long term goals.
IFTS Representative: names were suggested and prioritized and
Shelley will contact them to determine who would be willing
to serve as the IFTS representative for the Teratology Society.
This position does not have financial support from the Society.
President/Program Committee: K. Jones reported that the
Continuing Education course registration was good but the mini
course registration was down from the previous year. Discussion
followed to indicate that the previous year may have been abnormally
high; the registration this year is about normal.
number of Co-sponsored Symposium this year is increased and should
bring in more scientific areas of research than previously enjoyed
by the Society. The National Children’s Study update will
be given by C. Kimmel, and the Perinatal Epidemiology Symposium
is part of the Outreach program.
The number of government attendees is low this year, presumably
due to constraints on budgets as well as the prospect of foreign
travel restrictions. Both items should be taken into consideration
when site selection for future meetings takes place.
One additional Sponsored event has been added to the materials
in the package. WIL has agreed to sponsor the Poster Sessions
($3,000 extra to add to meeting revenue).
The meeting with Exhibitors will take place on Tuesday from 4:00
– 5:00. This meeting will bring the exhibitors up to speed
on Council plans to limit floor space at future meetings.
The program will feature a Special Lecture again this year. Judy
Hall will make the presentation on Fetal Determinants of long
reminded Council that the Society must work more closely with
OTIS in program preparation in the future. OTIS should function
as the Clinical Arm of the Society. They are currently getting
calls about human health issues (rather than the Society, e.g.
Anthrax, West Nile Virus). These calls should also encompass Teratology
Society input. There is currently not sufficient benefit from
our affiliation with OTIS. To achieve this mutual benefit, Council
most consider ways to lower the “costs of the relationship”
and we must work harder to bring the two organizations closer
must again be given to having one registration for OTIS/TS/NBTS.
We have three groups, each with a separate registration fee, separate
program committees and separate social functions. Although this
was discussed three years ago, it may be time to approach the
other Societies again because there is already significant overlap
in meeting preparations.
At the break, K. Jones had to leave due to prior commitments
with OTIS and R. Miller joined the Council meeting.
Report: G. Dearlove presented the membership figures
comparing 2001, 2002 and 2004 membership dues payments. There
is an unmistakable trend towards loss of dues-paying members that
is not offset by influx of new members. This trend is also being
exacerbated by the increase in number of retired members who are
opting for Emeritus Status. Discussion followed and Council members
were requested to review the names of individuals on the Delinquent
Dues Lists and to come to Council II meeting with a list of those
individuals whom each Council member would contact.
The lack of Society participation in the display and recognition
of the Teratology Table Top Display at the SOT Specialty section
was noted. The display will only be put up at the Teratology Meetings
in the immediate future.
Clarifications to the eligibility requirements for the F. Clarke
Fraser Young Investigator Award were discussed and the criteria
were revised as follows:
Criteria for the award include being an active full or associate
member in the Teratology Society with demonstrable evidence of
an independent research career. Such evidence may be demonstrated
by authorship of quality publications in peer-reviewed journals,
by obtaining funding for research endeavors, by establishing a
teaching program with active graduate student participation, or
by 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, 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 and should include past accomplishments
of the candidate, current research interests and projects, and
information on how the nominator believes the candidate's career
will advance discovery in birth defects research.
Director’s Report: T. Masson presented a proposal
from the Education Committee that would permit members of the
Committee to register for the continuing education course without
paying the registration fee. Motion approved.
Discussion regarding access to the membership directory through
the web site vs publication of the directory in one of the issues
of the Journal followed. Council felt that updating the capabilities
of the web site to permit members to download a pdf file of the
directory was preferable to using up publication space in the
Journal. AIM will provide, upon written request, a copy of the
directory for those Society members who are unable to download
and print the directory from the web site.
Council requested that a tracking system be added to permit the
Society to track downloads. This may require the addition of another
password level of access. R. Felix will be asked to look into
this possible application.
T. Masson discussed the new database being developed by AIM for
the Society. There are a number of demographic items that may
be tracked and Council was given various options and asked to
add input to the lists. All comments were to be returned to AIM
by the 15th of September for collation prior to the Interim Council
meeting. The Publication and Public Affairs Committees will also
be asked to comment.
Report: J. Rogers presented the fiscal year 2003 with
four attachments: the consolidated Balance Sheets and Profit/Loss
Statements for fiscal year 2003 and for January 1 through April
The bottom line on the 2003 Balance Sheet shows a change in total
assets from $500,884 at year end 2002 to $534,624 at year-end
2003, for a 6.74% increase in net assets. This is reasonably good
news given current rates of returns on fixed investments and our
continuing struggle to maintain membership dues and contributions.
Our investments through Legg Mason at year end totaled $237,915
in CDs and $92,583 in mutual funds, along with $1231 cash balance.
For FY 2003, assets at Legg Mason in total netted 5.14%.
Profit/Loss Statement 2003
Total income for FY 2003 was $455,574, 106% of budget, while total
expenses were $436,764, 99% of budget. So, while we had projected
a deficit budget with net ordinary income of ($10,795) for FY
2003, we ended up in the black, with net ordinary income of $18,810.
Add to that total our Legg Mason investment income of $16,201,
and we have a bottom line net income of $35,010 for FY 2003, compared
to $40,727 for FY 2002.
contribution income was up in FY 2003, to $96,313 from $50,551
in FY 2002.
While the news overall is good, there are concerns. Both Sustaining
Member and regular member dues were down for FY 2003 compared
to FY 2002. Total membership dues for FY 2003 came in at $68,195,
89% of budget and about $5500 less than FY 2002. We are well aware
of this issue, but continued effort is needed to bolster membership.
Sheet through April, 2004
Total assets as of April 30 were $628,248, compared to $555,945
at the same time in 2003. Total Investment assets at Legg Mason
are $330,808, compared to $323,581 on April 30, 2003. A major
item to point out is the Journal Royalty of $99,952, which appears
under accounts receivable but represents the amount received in
2003. It is hopeful that the royalty will remain at this level.
Profit/Loss Statement through April, 2004
As of April 30 we had received only 51% of projected contributions,
which may be a problem this year. Both Sustaining and regular
membership dues are also below budget by about 10%.
Discussion followed and the report was approved.
Committee Report: R. Miller provided Council with summaries
of the progress made by the three component parts of the Journal
as viewed by the three respective Editors (P. Mirkes, G. Daston
and R. Tuan each had written reports included in the package).
update on manuscript flow was very encouraging.
The main points to be made at the Business Meeting are:
will be no increase in subscription fee this year for members
BDR Parts A, B and C will remain available to all members electronically
All previous issues of Teratology will become available electronically
Color pages are still being offered at no cost
Advertising space will soon become available
Our Royalty (guarantee of $50,000) was actually $99,952
The Impact Factor cannot be determined until at least two years
All three parts are receiving electronic hits for downloads
Immediacy Index for parts A and B are encouraging.
Wilson Award was selected from papers submitted to both Part A
and Part B of the Journal. All the reviewers read all the finalist
papers and the winning paper (Tang and Finnell, Neural and Orofacial
Defects in Folbp1 Knockout Mice) was from Part A. This paper also
has had the most hits of any paper to date (462). The most electronic
hits over all is for the Neural Crest and Cardiovascular Development
review in Part C (635).
CME status update. M. Tassinari and D. Shuey have been
reviewing the materials required for Teratology to offer CME Units.
There is a great deal of work required to qualify, and we may
need a specific Ad Hoc Committee to follow through.
Meetings with other related Societies was to be an item for
the Issues Forum. P. Wier is sending a power point presentation
and M. Tassinari will present the concept and a Questionnaire
to the membership at the Business Meeting. Further discussions
were tabled until Council II so the new Council members and officers
would be present. At that meeting we will also have an officer
from SPER present to discuss the joint symposium this year and
our commitment to the SPER meeting next year.
Meeting adjourned so Council could attend the CE course if desired.
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