Annual Business Meeting of the Teratology Society was called to
order by President Rochelle Tyl at 5:10 PM. Approximately 75 Society
members attended the Business Meeting.
REPORT – Shelley Tyl reviewed the progress the
Society made in implementing our Strategic Plan over the past
year. Goals for Council were to increase attendance at the Annual
Meeting, improve the program offerings and highlight the advantages
of the diversity present within the Society. We also improved
communications with the membership, and are still asking for input
from the membership. Our Public Affairs Committee Workshop entitled
“Birth Defects and other Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes
due to Maternal Obesity”, has been advertised through
press releases and we have provided all members with an Outreach
poster to be distributed to local area high schools prior to the
start of the academic year next September. 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 and have been doing a fantastic job!
asked all present to provide comments, especially constructive
criticism, regarding the Annual Meeting, Council representation
and Committee participation.
PRESIDENT’S REPORT – Ken Jones reported that
the program for the meeting was running smoothly. We had 368 registered
attendees for the Annual Meeting. Foreign travel constraints may
have influenced the number of governmental participants this year.
The number of abstracts is up from the 2002 and 2003 meeting numbers
as is the number of students participating in the meeting itself.
year we sponsored a Sunday afternoon Symposium in conjunction
with SPER entitled “Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Teratogenic
Implications of Maternal Disease and its Treatment”,
and a joint symposium with SPER dealing with the Epidemiology
asked the membership to provide input into the program as presented
this year and comments relating to any future programs.
PRESIDENT-ELECT – Melissa Tassinari presented a
slide show featuring the Tradewinds Hotel and Resort in St. Pete’s
Beach, Florida; the sight of the Annual Meeting for 2005. The
location for the Annual Meeting in 2006 was announced as the Loews
Hotel in Tucson, Arizona and the site for the 2007 Annual Meeting
will be the Omni William Penn in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
announcements were followed by requests that the membership provide
input into program planning for next year and that the questionnaires
placed in each registrants package be filled out and returned
so Council has guidance from the membership in moving ahead with
program planning in the future.
REPORT - George Dearlove put in a plea for more membership
contributions to the Newsletter and to the Web site. The initiation
of “Musing from the Members” with the inaugural article
dealing with Zebrafish Development (presented by John Thomas,
Emeritus) was highlighted as another attempt at improving Newsletter
interest. 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.
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
even though some or our revenue numbers are down compared to the
previous year (our membership numbers are down and our printing
costs are above budget). John also highlighted the unexpected
$49,900 plus revenue above the guaranteed $50,000 Royalty income
from the publisher. This revenue is dependent on Journal sales,
and will vary annually.
The Fiscal Year 2003 income is approximately $85,000.
Approval of the Treasurer’s reports was moved, seconded
and affirmed without further discussion.
Actual tables of numbers presented at the annual meeting from
the Treasurer’s report are available in the Society Headquarters
COMMITTEE – Richard Miller presented a power point
discussion demonstrating the unarguable success 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).
The highlights of the presentation were as follows:
The James G. Wilson Award for Best Paper went to Louisa Tang and
Rick Finnell for the paper “Neural and Orofacial Defects
in Folbp1 Knockout Mice.” The paper appeared in BDR-A 67:209-218.
This paper also received the most online hits for BDR-A (462).
most over all online hits for any of the three Journals was 635
for BDR-C 69 (No 1). Neural Crest and Cardiovascular Development.
BDR-C has also been nominated for New Publication Issue of the
Rich then asked all members for suggestions on reviews.
AFFAIRS COMMITTEE - Tina Chambers reviewed the work conducted
by the PAC this past year. The Public Affairs Committee organized
the symposium on obesity in pregnancy. Tom Flynn will seek Agency
approval (FDA) to author a position paper on this timely and important
PAC was also responsible for preparing press releases for this
the PAC organized a workshop co-sponsored with NIAAA for teachers,
psychologists, school administrators and resource specialists
in several school districts in and around Vancouver. The NIAAA
provided support for this workshop by paying speakers’ travel
expenses and by supplying curriculum kits at no cost to all workshop
attendees. The Teratology Society provided the meeting room accommodations
and refreshments for workshop participants. Registration was capped
at 100 due to space limitations and there were in excess of 85
attendees (even though our meeting occurred at a bad time for
their academic year). This particular event topic with speaker
support was possible because of the concurrent meeting of the
Research Society on Alcoholism in Vancouver allowing for the joint
sponsorship. However, in future years, the PAC should consider
sponsoring similar events that might appeal to local teachers
or students as long as the school year calendar in that locale
is amenable to off-campus activities.
The Tobacco Use position paper is in final review form.
For the coming year, continued press releases are planned as are
new statements on Obesity and Pregnancy.
AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE REPORT – Bruce Kelman announced
the results of the 2004 election: Elaine Faustman was elected
Vice President-elect, Ida Smoak was elected Treasurer and Karen
Filkins was elected to Council. All candidates were thanked for
their willingness to put their names forward.
AFFAIRS COMMITTEE – Bruce Buehler reported that
the Council had voted to give every student who had a presentation
(either poster or platform) a $500 travel assistance award. Consequently,
this year we had 50 travel awards (names are provided in the registration
package inserts). In order to build on these numbers, the Committee
is asking every University affiliate to push the Society and travel
awards to their students.
There are plans to have a special “Students Table”
at registration next year. The rationale being that we get the
students introduced to each other very early in the meeting and
permit them to build on associations for the future.
COMMITTEE- Michael Narotsky reported that the course
attendance for the main continuing education course was 114 and
for the mini course was 56. The course books for both courses
were again 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.
WEB SITE COMMITTEE - Robert Felix announced that the
web site has been functioning well at UCSD. The Directory is now
on-line, and may be searched by name, state, department or organization.
The committee will add, by the end of August, the possibility
of permitting a pdf file to be downloaded so the membership directory
can be printed out from this single file. Any member needing a
hard copy of the directory can write to headquarters for a copy.
should log on and change their passwords when convenient. Robert
reminded the membership of the current login structure.
year the committee added a Room Share section for students registering
for the meeting. Student members are also now on the committee
working group to develop a current student page.
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE - Ida Smoak provided the current
new membership numbers: We have added 31 new Regular Members,
nine new Associate Members, seven new Student Members and have
“graduated” four Regular Members to Emeritus status.
The list of names and affiliations was presented in the registration
package for members to review. This brings our total of Regular
Members to 565 (Total membership for all categories is 719)
MARTA and MTA were thanked for producing another successful student
COMMITTEE – George Clemens reported that there
were approximately 20 amendments that were being proposed by the
Committee. The vast majority were clarifications or deemed necessary
for consistency with the major changes to the Bylaws that were
passed previously. All changes were accepted (with minor modifications)
by Council and the membership will be receiving them soon to review
and vote to accept or reject.
COMMITTEE - Howard Solomon reported
that the Committee is working with the IFTS to update the terminology.
Consequently, a strong plea for input from the Society members
was emphasized. The goal is to update the Glossary and publish.
Additional information in the Newsletter or any interested parties
are to contact Howard.
BUSINESS - was called for from the podium. There being
none, the meeting was adjourned at 5:55 PM.