Central Nervous System and Placenta Are Featured Topics in This Year's Education Courses - Register Now for Advance Rates!

Each year, the Education Committee of the Teratology Society organizes the Education Courses at the Annual Meeting. As you make plans to attend the 58th Annual Meeting of the Teratology Society, please note the three Education Courses being offered this year. 

Embryology and Development of Central Nervous System: From Prenatal Period to Adolescence

Saturday, June 23—8:30 am–12:00 noon

Development of the central nervous system (CNS) is a complex process that extends from early embryonic period into the postnatal period. This course will begin with an overview on the embryology and morphological development of this system in human covering both pre- and post-natal periods. Nervous functions develop as the CNS matures and forms proper connections, so methodology on assessment of these functions in human and animals will be presented, which will be followed by a species comparison of the CNS development. Developing CNS is also vulnerable to disruption because of its complex and rapid developmental process, and the morning session will wrap up with an overview on pathways leading to adverse outcomes.

Assessment and Management of Developmental Effects on the Central Nervous System: From the Molecular Level to the Clinical Setting

Saturday, June 23—1:30 pm–5:00 pm

Central nervous system (CNS) anomalies are common and often serious, and this course will focus on the understanding, diagnosis, and management of developmental CNS effects. The afternoon will begin at the molecular level with a review of the importance of the extracellular microenvironment for cell communication and development of the CNS. This will be followed by an overview of current in vitro and in vivo methodologies, and disease models for preclinical assessment of developmental neurotoxicity. The session will conclude with a discussion on how clinical evaluation can be done by using methodologies such as imaging, connectomics and behavioral testing, and management of developmental CNS effects.

Mini Course Lunch and Learn: Role and Function of Placenta in Pregnancy

Tuesday, June 26—12:00 noon–1:30 pm

The placenta sits in between the maternal and fetal vasculatures and plays an important role in the maintenance of pregnancy and prenatal development. The first speaker will give an overview of the development and function of placenta in human, with a comparison of these processes between species commonly used in preclinical studies. Disruption of placenta functions can lead to loss of pregnancy or adverse outcomes, and the second speaker will discuss in vivoin vitro and in silico models to better understand its role and improve our ability to predict and treat placenta-related pregnancy complications. Space is limited. Lunch will be provided.

To register for the annual meeting and courses, please visit the annual meeting website at https://teratology.org/meetings/2018/

If you have already registered for the meeting and need assistance adding a course, please email TSHQ@teratology.org.


2017-2018 Education Committee

Julia Y. Hui, PhD, Chair (2017-2018)
Amy Lavin Williams, PhD, Vice Chair (2017-2018)
Sura Alwan, PhD, Member (2016-2019)
Amy L. Inselman, PhD, Member (2015-2018)
Susan Bielmeier Laffan, PhD, Member (2017-2020)
Caren Villano, PhD, Member (2017-2020)
Kimberly C. Brannen, PhD, Past Chair (2017-2018)
Chris J Stodgell, PhD, Council Liaison (2017-2019)
Alaeddin Bashir Abukabda, PhD, Ad Hoc, Postdoc (2017-2018)
Bhavesh Ahir, PhD, Ad Hoc, Postdoc (2017-2018)
Mary Esther Carlin, MD, Ad Hoc (2017-2018)
Francis Adelade Fakoya, MD, PhD, Ad Hoc (2015-2018)
Sonja A. Rasmussen, MD, MS, Ad Hoc (2017-2018)
Belen Tornesi, DVM, MS, Ad Hoc (2017-2018)


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