Dr. Christina Chambers to Receive 2016 Patricia Rodier Mid-Career Award for Research and Mentoring

Congratulations to Christina D. Chambers, PhD, MPH, Recipient of the

2016 Patricia Rodier Mid-Career Award for Research and Mentoring!


Dr. Chambers is a Teratology Society Past President, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego and Director of Clinical Research for the Department of Pediatrics at UCSD and Rady Children's Hospital. She is a perinatal epidemiologist, whose research is focused on environmental exposures and pregnancy and child health outcomes, including birth defects. She co-directs the Center for the Promotion of Maternal Health and Infant Development in the Department of Pediatrics at UCSD and is the Program Director of MotherToBaby California, a service of our sister society, the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS).

The Rodier award recognizes a successful independent research career, an established teaching program, and active mentorship of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, young investigators, and/or trainees.

“Tina’s research productivity and the breadth of her research projects are amazing,” said Ludmila Bakhireva. MD, PhD, MPH, Teratology Society Council member. Dr. Chambers previously served as Dr. Bakhireva’s mentor.  “I can attest first hand that Tina is an exceptional mentor. Her research has been instrumental in identifying previously unrecognized human teratogens, as well as ruling out substantial risk for other medications and vaccines, and this work has led to changes in clinical practice,” she added.

Dr. Chambers’ presentation, "Research on Long Term Outcomes following Prenatal Exposures: Rarely Studied But Sorely Needed," will take place on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 5:30 pm.

Dr. Chambers will also give the 2016 Robert L. Brent Lecture. This lecture recognizes Robert L. Brent’s contributions to the Teratology Society and particularly to the implementation of the “Teratogen Update.” The purpose of the Robert L. Brent Lecture is to facilitate the discussion of new and old teratogens during the Annual Meeting. Dr. Chambers' lecture, "Preventing the Preventable: Where Do We Stand on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in 2016?" will take place on Tuesday, June 28 at 8:30 am.

Read more about all of the 2016 Teratology Society’s awards and recipients.



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