meeting was called to order by President Ken Jones at 12:05PM
on Thursday, July 1, 2004
in attendance were: K. Jones, President; M. Tassinari, Vice President;
E. Faustman, Vice President-elect: R. Tyl, Past President; I.
Smoak, Treasurer; G. Dearlove, Secretary; K. Filkins, J. Graham
and R. Parker, Councilors; D. Hansen, Chair - Publications Committee;
and T. Masson, Executive Director
Feedback from the Annual Meeting indicated that:
Presentation by D. Savitz, President of SPER-
David indicated SPER was pleased with the reception of the symposium
they co-sponsored at this meeting. They are looking forward to
Teratology Society sponsorship of a symposium one day before the
start of their annual meeting. They are meeting with Society of
Epidemiology the third week of June (Conflict Probably).
SPER has approximately 250 members with about 150 of them attending
the annual meeting.
the second week of June in 2006 SPER will be meeting with the
Epidemiology Congress, along with about a dozen other Societies
in Seattle. This is a very large meeting (approximately 1500 attendees).
They are very inclusive of related disciplines and want scientific
groups to organize one and a half to two hour symposium sessions
at the meeting. David felt this could be a good opportunity for
the Teratology Society and suggested that we put something together
and request a symposium slot during the early part of the meeting
when most people would still be in attendance. SPER would either
co-sponsor the symposium or at least lobby for us to be chosen
as a participant.
We should get listed on the web site (no charge for listing) to
see if we can generate any interest. Our only expense for this
event would be for speaker support.
K. Jones appointed an Ad Hoc Committee to follow up on this offer.
Committee members are M. Werler, T. Chambers and Council Liaison
is E. Faustman. M. Werler to be asked to serve as chairperson
of the committee.
President Jones presented the nominees for the Education Committee,
the Membership Committee and the Nominations & Elections Committee
to Council and approval was obtained.
Discussion followed regarding Diversity, Minority Officers, Grant
Committee memberships were approved by Council.
Mid-Year Conference Call Scheduling
A conference call was determined to be necessary to complete business
prior to the Interim Council meeting. The final date was to be
determined by AIM following e-mail communication. Target date
is first week of August with the follow up Interim Council Meeting
2005 Annual Meeting Discussion –M. Tassinari
The Program Committee for the 2005 meeting has started to review
the many ideas and suggestions presented. They already have a
significant number of members who have volunteered to be on the
The banquet may be moved to the beach to take advantage of the
location for the annual meeting. Other changes have been suggested
and are being reviewed and will be presented at the conference
call in August.
Continued efforts to keep student participation up and tie in
the past presidents to these activities are being considered.
Current plans are to try to arrange a meeting early during the
annual meeting so the students can meet and greet past presidents
throughout the meeting week.
Faustman volunteered to get someone from the NIEHS to give a presentation
on transitional funding at the Annual Meeting if possible.
The Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee will be
working on identifying funding for postdoctoral fellowships. One
area of effort will be to approach the pharmaceutical industry
to see if they would be interested in funding such a program that
would train people in GLPs, NDAs and basic Drug Development….areas
that are not now covered in academic programs. The goals and particulars
of this program are still very vague and the Ad Hoc Committee
was reappointed to try to generate a specific proposal of what
we want the fellowships to do and how they will be administered.
Additional sources of funding are also to be sought.
G. Kimmel will Chair, M. Tassinari, R. Miller, K. Jones, R. Parker,
Wm Slikker are appointed members. M. Nemec to be appointed to
represent industry. Name to be changed to Career Development.
Publications Committee Chair, D. Hansen reported that
B. Hales will be Vice-Chair for the coming year. L. Dostal and
B. Abbott will rotate off the committee and their replacements
were discussed. Council provided Deb with a list of three candidates
for each position. D. Hansen to call candidates in order prioritized
by Council and report back as to which member was able to accept
The terms for the European and Japanese Liaisons were also completed
and replacements for these two positions will also be needed.
Names of the replacements are to be provided to Council at the
Interim Council Meeting. A more formal job description for these
positions will also be presented.
Interim Council Meeting dates and duration will be discussed
at the conference call to be held in August.
Symposium Speakers who are not members of the Society: Many come
in for one day and then leave. Tuan suggested that the Society
consider sponsoring the students and postdoctoral fellows of these
individuals to try to encourage them to stay for the entire meeting.
Council will discuss at the Interim Meeting if more details are
Bioinformatics Committee has requested computer terminals for
the next annual meeting so the membership can have real time access
to the internet.
The proposal was postponed until the conference call so more information
could be obtained to determine exactly what the committee was
• Meeting adjourned to be continued at
the August Conference Call.