Society Council Meeting II
meeting was called to order at 4:30 PM on July 3 1999. In attendance
were George Daston, Ken Jones, Tony Scialli, John Rogers, Bob Kavlock,
Jan Friedman, Rick Finnell, Tom Knudsen, Tonia Masson and Bob Seegmiller.
George Daston presided.
of Keystone meeting (see attached follow-up letter)
took place about the overall success of this year's meetings. Items
mentioned included the nature of the breakfast, NBTS abstracts were
missing from the journal. Tom noted that not having a speaker preparation
room was a serious deficiency. George responded that a slide preparation
room would be available next year at the Breakers. Tom suggested
that we should continue to improve the system for electronic submission
of abstracts, that presenters would appreciate receiving notification
of accepted symposium addresses/abstracts, and that there needs
to be a uniform deadline and centralized location for submission
of symposium abstracts.
with Nancy Olsen/Charge to Publication Committee
of contention were discussed; Wiley Liss might consider scrapping
the current contract and renegotiating a new one. Nancy has several
ideas to improve the "look of Journal" and the responsibility
for such changes in the journal should be given to Lew Holmes. Ad
hoc committee members will be Phil Mirkes and Bern Schwetz and Tom
Kwasigroch. Tony suggested sending notes and recommendations of
the committee to George before sending them to Nancy Olsen. Tony
pointed out that if a new contract is going to be developed, we
should budget for legal fees so that an attorney can review the
contract prior to our signing it.
will go over his list of proposed committee members before submitting
it to George. Tom expressed concern as to who will set the Public
Affairs agenda. He pointed out that the stem cells issue is a topic
that we will hear about this coming year. Ken noted that Don Mattison
of March of Dimes is very interested in getting together with Teratology
Society to draft a statement on post-marketing surveillance. The
Teratology Society should continue to try to work with the March
of Dimes, with the former providing the scientific expertise and
the latter the political.
is a need for a greater role of FDA's view on how to look at pre-clinical
data. We should send them our comments, letting them know that we
are interested in their expertise. There is also a need for establishing
a nation-wide pregnancy registry and that the Teratology Society
should support it. Tony suggested that we should take a strong stand
and submit comments during the two-month waiting period. George
suggested that it would be a good idea to consult the Teratology
Society membership via a blanket email concerning the issues. The
Council agreed that an ad hoc committee should be appointed to help
define the issues.
K. said he would support a joint registration fee for OTIS, NBTS
and TS. He would also like to see a satellite meeting held following
the 3.5 day Teratology Society meeting, i.e., end the meeting early
Wednesday, then have a 1.5 day satellite meeting with a 200 room
block on Thursday. Rick suggested making the satellite meeting part
of the education course. Wiley Liss symposium could be on angiogenesis,
and Public Affairs symposium could be on herbal chemicals and pregnancy.
Jan suggested making the satellite conference free to society members,
and charging a separate fee for non-members. Mike Cunningham has
suggested having a workshop on the clinical aspects of cleft palate
and other craniofacial disorders. George proposed giving it a try,
but to keep it consistent with partnering/liaison attempts. The
National Institute of Craniofacial and Dental Research has been
established. Tom suggested we should contact program officers at
the new institute about becoming active in our Society and participating
in the funding of relevant symposia..
meetings in 2000
said they want to continue meeting with us, and have agreed to do
so through 2002 in principle and possibly 2003.
Filkins has recommended, with regard to the liaison issue, that
we identify a couple of key people in other societies that could
be offered a one-year free membership in our society. Jan suggested
giving a free membership to individuals outside our society who
are invited to give keynote addresses at our meetings. Tony moved
that the program committee be permitted to authorize giving to outside
speakers a free one-year membership to key people with whom we are
interested in partnering, contingent upon membership committee approval.
This offer would be in addition to travel expenses and honorarium
currently offered to such speakers. Rick seconded the motion, motion
carried. Motion restated: The Teratology Society is authorized to
pay a one-year membership fee for key people in other societies
who we are interested in partnering with, contingent upon membership
Interim Council Meeting
meeting will be held sometime in October or November. Council members
will be polled concerning a favorable time to meet. An agenda will
be developed and circulated ahead of time.
Rick moved to adjourn; motion was seconded by Bob K.; meeting adjourned
at 5:40 PM.
Attachment: Follow-up letter, Tue, 06 Jul 1999
wanted to send you a note to let you know that last week's annual
meeting was a success scientifically and financially. The scientific
program was strong; I've received only positive comments from attendees.
My hat is off to all of the organizers and presenters in the symposia,
platform and poster sessions and education course.
we have fulfilled our contract with the Keystone Resort. We have
no future obligations to Keystone. While we don't yet have the final
financial figures for the meeting, it appears that we will come
out in the black.
those of you who are interested in the data, we had a comparable
number of submitted abstracts and invited presentations as in previous
years. We had about 300 registrants, which was less than the past
grateful to many, many of you for the success of the meeting. I
am grateful to Tony Scialli and the leadership of the Society for
pursuing a course of action that was in the best long-term interest
of the Teratology Society. I am grateful to our executive staff,
Tonia Masson and Clarissa Wilson, who worked tirelessly with Keystone
to make the meeting a pleasant and positive experience for the attendees.
And most of all I am grateful to all of you who participated in
the meeting, for you deserve the lion's share of the credit for
its success. I realize that the dates, location, and altitude made
it a difficult meeting for many. You came despite these problems
and the result was terrific.
those of you who couldn't make it, we hope to see you next year
at the Breakers in Palm Beach. Bob Kavlock is already planning the
scientific program, which looks to be even better than this year's.
The dates are back to our traditional June 24-29 block and I can
promise you plenty of oxygen at sea level.
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