BDRP Education Courses to Take Place Virtually Throughout July 2021

Each year, the Education Committee of the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention organizes the Education Courses at the Annual Meeting. Whether or not you attended the virtual 61st Annual Meeting, check out the three Education Courses being offered this month. Registrants will have access to course recordings for three months following each live course date.

Details and registration are available on the 61st Annual Meeting website.

Development and Disorders of the Gastrointestinal (GI) Tract

Thursday, July 15, 11:00 AM-2:30 PM EDT

This course will focus on the development of the GI system, associated abnormalities, and their management. Topics addressed will include the embryology of the GI system development including the timeline of important events in embryo-fetal development, postnatal development of the GI system, GI diseases and their investigation using in-vitro and in-vivo models, GI system teratology focusing on pathogenesis of common GI birth defects and environmental exposures, and the clinical management of developmental disorders of the GI system.  

Craniofacial Morphogenesis and Teratogenesis 

Thursday, July 22, 11:00 AM-2:30 PM EDT

Craniofacial development is an intricate and complex series of events that requires several signaling pathways and morphogenetic movements that commence early in utero. This course will begin with an overview of craniofacial embryology and development, followed by presentations on control and dysregulation of craniofacial development including genetic and environmental factors that play a role, focusing on certain birth defects, and animal models commonly used to study such defects. The session will wrap up with an overview of how craniofacial abnormalities are diagnosed and managed in clinical practice.

Single-Cell RNA Sequencing in Understanding Normal and Abnormal Development 

Thursday, July 29, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM EDT

Single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq) is an increasingly powerful tool for the analysis of development as well as normal and disease processes. In contrast to gene expression studies using bulk RNA samples, scRNA-seq enables the molecular distinction of all cell types within a complex population matrix. The purpose of this mini-course is to provide an introduction to scRNA-seq technology, an overview of the application of scRNA-seq approaches to address problems or questions involving normal and abnormal development as well as developmental toxicity, and to explore the challenges and considerations of this technology. 


2020-2021 Education Committee

  • Christina M. Carruthers, PhD, Chair
  • Katie J. Turner, PhD, Vice Chair
  • Wafa A. Harrouk, PhD
  • Amy L. Inselman, PhD
  • Pallavi McElroy, PhD
  • Daniel T. Wilson, PhD, DABT
  • Mark Herberth, BS
  • Sam A Malekiani
  • Amy Lavin Williams, PhD
  • Caren Villano, PhD, Past Chair
  • Kimberly C. Brannen, PhD, Council Liaison
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