SAN DIEGO, April 16, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Some of the world's leading scientists will be recognized for their research
The Teratology Society is an international and multidisciplinary group of scientists including researchers, clinicians, epidemiologists, and public health professionals from academia, government, and industry who study birth defects, reproduction, and disorders of developmental origin. Through its 2019 awards and special lectures, more than a dozen scientists will be recognized for advancing research in their fields.
"From examining the possible link of birth defects to childhood cancer risk, to applying cutting edge technologies to the study of birth defects to more fully characterize genetic and environmental factors in birth defect risk, our honorees showcase the innovative and impactful progress being made in this field," said Dana Shuey, PhD, DABT, Teratology Society President. "In addition, 34 travel awards will be given to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to attend the Annual Meeting and present their work. Our trainees are an important, integral part of the meeting. They bring incredible energy and ideas to the table and are critical to furthering our mission of understanding and, ultimately, preventing birth defects," she added. "Bringing these scientists together at our Annual Meeting creates a truly interdisciplinary platform for dynamic collaboration in the field."
Other scientific accomplishments being honored at this year's Annual Meeting include a Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) award for which Lauren Walker, BS, a student member of the Teratology Society, earned a spot to participate in scientific advocacy efforts in Washington D.C. Walker will be recognized for her participation in FASEB's "Capitol Hill Day" last month, which included a coalition of 58 scientists from 30 states whose objective was to remind representatives and senators of the importance of biomedical research. The travel funding for Ms. Walker was provided by the Teratology Society.
The 2019 Teratology Society award recipients and special lecturers include:
Edward W. Carney Distinguished Service Award–Thomas B. Knudsen, PhD, National Center for Computational Toxicology, US EPA
F. Clarke Fraser New Investigator Award–Kembra L. Howdeshell, PhD, National Toxicology Program, NIEHS Scheduled Presentation: "Environmental Chemicals and Developmental Effects: Translating Bench Science to Public Health"
Josef Warkany Lecture—Barbara D. Abbott, PhD, US Environmental Protection Agency (retired) Scheduled Presentation: "Developmental Toxicity of Perfluorinated Compounds: A Voyage from Animal Studies to Transfected Cells"
Robert L. Brent Lecture— Cheryl Maslen, PhD, Oregon Health Sciences University Scheduled Presentation: "Congenital Heart Defects Research: Finding the Hidden Crossroads between Genetics and Environment"
James G. Wilson Publication Award– R. Thomas Collins II, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine – Congenital heart disease complexity and childhood cancer risk; Birth Defects Research 110.17:1314–1321 (2018)
Agnish Fellowship–Barbara F. Hales, PhD, McGill University Scheduled Presentation: "Healthy Gametes for a Healthy Life"
Patricia Rodier Mid-Career Award for Research and Mentoring–Terry C. Hrubec, DVM, PhD, E. Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine Scheduled Presentation: "From Neural Tube Defects to Environmental Contaminants"
Birth Defects Research Distinguished Scholar Awards:
Teratology Society Innovator Award Finalists:
Edward W. Carney Trainee Award–Subham Dasgupta, PhD, University of California, Riverside
FASEB Howard Garrison Public Affairs Fellowship–Lauren Walker, University of California, Riverside
Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Travel Awards:
For a full list of Teratology Society awards, please visit: https://www.teratology.org/meetings/2019/am-awards.asp
About the Teratology Society
The Teratology Society is an international and multidisciplinary group of scientists including researchers, clinicians, epidemiologists, and public health professionals from academia, government and industry who study birth defects, reproduction, and disorders of developmental origin. The Teratology Society is made up of nearly 700 members worldwide specializing in a variety of disciplines, including developmental biology and toxicology, reproduction and endocrinology, epidemiology, cell and molecular biology, nutritional biochemistry, and genetics as well as the clinical disciplines of prenatal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, neonatology, medical genetics, and teratogen risk counseling. Scientists interested in membership in the Teratology Society are encouraged to visit http://www.teratology.org.
More information on the annual meeting program may be found on the 59th Annual Meeting website.
The society's official journal, Birth Defects Research, is published by John Wiley & Sons in partnership with the Teratology Society.
Media Contact: Nicole Chavez, 619-368-3259, nchavez(at)teratology.org
SOURCE The Teratology Society
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