Island Grand Resort
St. Pete Beach, Florida
– The post-meeting Council Meeting was attended by President
M. Tassinari, Vice President E. Faustman, Vice President-elect
T. Knudsen, Past President K. Jones, Secretary G. Dearlove, Treasurer
I. Washington, Councilors E. Carney, K. Filkins, and R. Parker,
Executive Director T. Masson, and A. Scialli, Chairperson of the
Public Affairs Committee. J. Bannigan, President of the European
Teratology Society attended at the request of K. Jones to provide
Council with input regarding the ETS position on the IFTS.
Annual Meeting Feedback
The membership liked the new Symposium Format employed for the
PAC Symposium. A. Scialli felt the speakers were prepared, but
some of the discussants were not as well prepared as necessary.
This format will be utilized again next year.
Council member had positive feedback to report from the attendees.
The schedule changes were agreeable to those who voiced opinions.
The mini-course may want to consider having three (rather than
two) speakers, even if that would require delaying the start of
the regular sessions that day. Sponsored symposium sessions should
not have too many concurrent sessions, if possible.
J. Bannigan reported the ETS had discussed the IFTS last year
and felt the group had done their job and the ETS decided to stop
paying for the group and would pull out and let the IFTS expire.
Ornoy wants to keep the IFTS going and believes that it could
help in getting funding for meetings (if the request were from
the IFTS rather than an individual society).
E. Faustman suggested it may make more sense to look at supporting
travel of a teratologist from a third world country by the individual
Wise is currently the listed trustee of the $10-12,000 held by
the IFTS. The bank is asking him what to do with the funds.
T. Knudsen will attend the ETS Council meeting at their next meeting
to present the view of the Teratology Society on the future utility
of the IFTS.
Both groups agree that the IFTS currently serves no function.
However, some international forum is still needed to facilitate
scientific exchange and support of educational opportunities.
This new structure would also include the Japanese Teratology
terminology project is still going forward, and the Website still
needs to be maintained. The current request is to have MARTA provide
people to get things moving.
M. Tassinari is going to JTS and may be able to shed additional
light on the IFTS issue in a few weeks. M. Tassinari and E. Faustman
will coordinate generation of ideas on where to go in the future.
Education Committee was listed in an earlier e-mail. To this list,
add S. Marty and E. Zahalka as regular members and Ad Hoc student
member R. Ellis-Hutchings. (note: E.F. and K.F. to work on CME
requirements to try to make the CE course qualify).
Nominations and Elections Committee will ask D. Shuey –
Past Chair, K. Jones – Past President, J. Graham, D. Stump
and J. DeSesso. Alternate B. Fisher
Society Historian (R. Jensh may have health issues) – T.
Shepherd and/or B. Brent will be asked.
Other appointments will be sent to Council by e-mail e.g. Student
Affairs will have W. Harrouk as Chair and M. Collins as Past Chair
(W.H. cannot write the grant as a government employee, M. Collins
has agreed to do again this year) still need student volunteers.
Public Affairs Committee may need up to four – M. T. and
A. S. to discuss.
Funding Committee to be chaired by G. Kimmel who will try to establish
a functioning committee with a task during the year.
Ad Hoc Fundraising Committee to evaluate practices and develop
recommendations by the time of Interim Council in October. The
five year history of funding efforts is needed. AIM to provide
E. Faustman requested Council to fill out forms distributed at
Council I if they were not already done. Forms to be e-mailed
to E. Faustman ASAP
Various ideas were discussed (links to Website, hot topics for
membership. Special topics of concern, etc….not a resurrection
of the newsletter.
Newsletter reconstruction to be totally different approach with
the format on the Web as special e-mails. E. Faustman, E. Carney,
T. Knudsen and R. Parker to work on a list of suggestions of what
audience we want to address and what are their interests. There
will be an effort to link this task with the Strategic Plan.
OTIS has requested that their President receive one of the room
upgrades at the annual meeting. (in 2006 the Society will qualify
for 11 upgrades and in 2007, there will be 10 upgraded rooms.
Neither number includes the suite reserved for the president).
NBTS has not received upgrades automatically (did this year because
Hotel provided 20 upgrades to the Society)
MOTION made and passed to provide the presidents of OTIS and NBTS
with room upgrades at all future Annual Meetings (2006 onward).
Council discussed the Teratogen Update section of the meeting,
the selection of topics and the great deal of work the B. Brent
does each year to organize this session. The suggestion was made
to alter the format as follows: Establish a Robert Brent Lecture
to be the keynote speaker of this session. The single speaker
and topic are to be selected by Council, in consultation with
Dr. Brent. This speaker will be afforded ample time for a presentation,
followed by commentary by Dr. Brent. There may be other speakers
in this session discussing the same or related topics. A. Scialli
and K. Jones to draft one or two paragraphs to describe this program
Student Mixer on Saturday Night
Discussion already underway. R. Parker to inform the Student Affairs
Committee that he will be the Council Liaison and oversee this
function. R. Parker will determine if additional people will be
required on the committee to undertake this task.
Code of Ethics Review
The SOT has reviewed and posted their Code of Ethics and the Teratology
Society should do the same. I. Washington and G. Dearlove will
undertake this task and report to interim Council if changes are
were put off to a future conference call when there will be more
time to devote to this item.
Discussion regarding possible format changes to the CDC Surveillance
review indicated that Council will need input from previous editors
of the Journal to determine if the CDC has altered their document.
K. Jones will address this question to L. Holmes and B. Brent.
Scialli indicated that the content is the choice of the CDC and
that the Editor decides what the Journal will accept. The point
was made that we may have some say as to what is in the surveillance
document if we are not charging the CDC to publish the material.
This issue should be put on hold until such time as BDR-A is actually
using all its page allocation and research papers are being withheld
because of space concerns.
S. Lamm request to support a Rubella press release was discussed.
A. Scialli will call S. Lamm to find out what he wants –
Journal article or Press release with co-signers. This may end
up as a PAC position release and S. L should be added as an Ad
Hoc committee member for the purpose of the release. OR should
the PAC draft a letter to the New York Times and have Council
review the letter? OR some combination of both. To be addressed
by electronic communication following the meeting.
Fellow discussion recap from the issues session indicated mixed
messages. Some felt the membership was in favor and other felt
they were opposed to the creation of this status. R. Tyl to be
requested to be an Ad Hoc committee member of the Constitution
and Bylaws Committee to research this option. When finalized,
Council will write an article to the membership explaining the
results of the research.
Interim Council Meeting – sometime during the last two weeks
of October. T. Masson will communicate date selections to Council
K. Jones and T. Knudsen to draft document indicating how the royalties
from the Journal will be used. The funds are for student support
and possibly for funding emeritus members’ attendance at
an annual meeting, or more travel awards, etc. M. Tassinari and
I. Washington will look at communication of these alternative
uses of the royalties to the membership.
of a Narsingh Agnish scholarship to support attendance of a student
at the CE course was discussed; A. Scialli will draft a document
for Council review.
PAC position papers and litigation coverage for the Society was
discussed. T. Masson will request a legal opinion regarding wording
required for Council and the PAC regarding errors and omissions
policy with respect to position papers.
T. Knudsen reported that the primer was a big hit and he would
like 200 copies for the Medical Genetics course. Also, the Editorial
Board of Reproductive Toxicology will offer a reduced
subscription rate to Teratology Society members. ETS has a reduced
rate and they are now negotiating for reduced rates for BDR for
their members. This information needs to be put on the web.
K. Filkins would like to take the Primer to one of her medical
meetings and the PAC has voted to make the Primer available on