Passing of Teratology Society Member and Friend Edward J. Lammer, MD

Dear Teratology Society Members,Ed and Dibsy Lammer.jpg

We are sorry to share the sad news that Society member and friend Edward J. Lammer passed away this weekend. Ed joined the Teratology Society in 1987 and was an active member, serving at times on both the Education and Public Affairs Committees. He was the very first recipient of the prestigious F. Clarke Fraser New Investigator Award in 1998. 

As a Principal Investigator at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute in Oakland, CA, Ed's research focused on identifying genetic and environmental contributions to common major malformations, including gene-environment interactions and using epidemiological approaches to investigate causes of common birth defects and other adverse perinatal outcomes.

Ed received his medical degree and completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Iowa School of Medicine. He was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer and Preventive Medicine resident at the Centers for Disease Control and completed postdoctoral fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of California-San Francisco.

Also a member of the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, American Society of Human Genetics, Craniofacial Genetics Society, and Society for Pediatric Research, Ed was well known and loved throughout the community.

Ed grew up in a large family in Iowa and is survived by his wife Dibsy (in photo) and son Aaron and daughter Ellie (Eleanor).

Details regarding the memorial service being planned for Ed this Friday are below in the Comments section.

Members are welcome to post their remembrances of Ed using the Comments function below, and we will share them with his family. Please note you must be signed in to BDR Connection to use the Comments function.

Ed loved the Grateful Dead and good wine, leaving a large collection of both. Perhaps, this evening, those of us who knew and loved him might put on a record and enjoy a glass of wine in his honor.  


With warm regards,

Tacey E.K. White, PhD                                   Sonja A. Rasmussen, MD, MS

President, Teratology Society                         Vice President, Teratology Society


Ed's Obituary may be found here:

Ed's family encourages donations in his name to the Sempervirens Fund:

The New York Times ran the following article about Ed and his work:



Memorial Service for Ed Lammer

February 23, 2016 05:09 PM by Richard H. Finnell, PhD

To our Friends and Family and Ed's Colleagues,

As you already know,  Ed Lammer passed away on Saturday morning.  

We are planning a celebration of his life this Friday, February 26, his 63rd birthday. We’ll gather for a ceremony at 1:30pm in the Brazilian Room at Tilden Park in Berkeley, followed by a sunset walk at Inspiration Point. More details will follow tomorrow (Tuesday.)

February, 26th, 2016
1:30 Gather for ceremony
4:30 Depart for Inspiration Point walk

The family-wife Dibsy, son Aaron and daughter Ellie want everyone to feel welcome to attend.

Ed the gentle giant

February 23, 2016 09:47 PM by Jeffrey Murray, MD

Ed truly was a giant of teratology and there are many thousands of kids alive today who dont have birth defects because of his work. His deep and growling laugh, his keen insights into science, his compassion for children and their families and his love and committment to family and friends make his passing so suddenly even more tragic. He will be greatly missed by all of us but he truly had a life well lived.

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