Registration Now Open for BDRP 61st Annual Meeting - Abstracts Due March 31 | Register by April 15 for Best Rates


I am pleased to invite you to attend the 61st Annual Meeting of the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention and encourage you to share your research by submitting an abstract by March 31. The meeting will be a fully online, virtual experience that will take place weekdays from June 24 to July 1, 2021, with three Education Courses scheduled later in July. We believe this meeting format is the safest approach for the well-being of our members and speakers, and we are excited that we can build on the successes and lessons learned through our impactful 2020 virtual meeting.

The Program Committee, chaired by Susan Makris, has put together an outstanding program around the meeting theme which is “Building Bridges in Birth Defects Research and Prevention: From Innovation to Application.” The program offers an exciting variety of scientific sessions and opportunities for attendees to network and socialize, all of which you may peruse on the website.

The Education Committee, chaired by Christina Carruthers, has developed three exciting Education Courses pertaining to Craniofacial Morphogenesis and Teratogenesis, Development and Disorders of the Gastrointestinal Tract, and Single-Cell RNA Sequencing in Understanding Normal and Abnormal Development. We have reserved a few dates in July for these exceptional educational opportunities.

We hope you will join us online for what promises to be an informative and engaging virtual meeting. Spread the word and invite your colleagues to participate as well. In particular, please let any trainees you know that trainees whose abstracts are accepted may attend the full virtual meeting free of charge.

For those who have never had the opportunity to attend a BDRP Annual Meeting, join us this summer and see for yourself how BDRP hosts an outstanding educational and scientific event that provides professionals and scientists who span the breadth of academia, industry, regulatory agencies, consulting companies, and clinical specialties with a forum to exchange knowledge and ideas that promote and expand the value of birth defect research and prevention.

Complete details about the meeting program, abstract submission, registration and more are available on the website:


Elise Madison Lewis, PhD


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