Congratulations to Russell S. Kirby, PhD, MS, FACE, Mark A. Canfield, PhD, and Adolfo Correa, MD, MPH, PhD, MBA, recipients of a 2015 Birth Defects Research Distinguished Scholar Award! They are honored for their research associated with national prevalence estimates for selected birth defects (reference papers: “National estimates and race/ethnic-specific variation of selected birth defects in the United States, 1999–2001;” BDRA 76, 11: 747–756; and “Updated national birth prevalence estimates for selected birth defects in the United States, 2004-2006;” BDRA 88, 12: 1008-1016).
Dr. Canfield is the Manager for the Birth Defects Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch at the Texas Department of State Health Services. Dr. Correa is a professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Kirby is a professor at the University of South Florida.
The award recognizes distinguished authors for the importance, impact, and relevance of their published works in the field of birth defects research. The dual purpose of the award is to provide recognition to the authors of high impact papers and to encourage authors trained in various disciplines to submit high quality papers to the Teratology Society’s journal, Birth Defects Research.
Dr. Kirby said he’s particularly proud of the studies being recognized by the Birth Defects Research Distinguished Scholars Award since there is evidence of their impact on other researchers. “These extremely widely cited papers provide a useful resource for researchers, clinicians, and advocacy organizations, and have also spurred other researchers to refine the estimates and examine patterns by race/ethnicity and other demographic characteristics,” he explained.
Dr. Kirby, an active Teratology Society member since the early 1990s, focuses on population-based research in birth defects and developmental disabilities epidemiology and prevention, as well as on risk factors for adverse pregnancy outcomes. “I joined the Teratology Society in 1994 while a junior faculty member at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. It afforded me direct access to the journal, Teratology, at a time when my only other avenue was to use inter-library loan services,” he said. “Today, I feel I am more a resource as a mentor to students and early-career professionals, and hope to support the continued growth of research and knowledge concerning the etiology, risk factors, and prevention strategies for specific birth defects,” he added.
Read more about all of the 2015 Teratology Society’s awards and recipients.