Dear BDRP Members,
The results of the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention’s 2021 ballot are in!
Six outstanding candidates ran for three open positions on Council. I am pleased to announce the results:
- Vice President-Elect: Anthony M. DeLise
- Secretary: Amy Lavin Williams
- Councilor: Janet R. Hardy
Please join me in congratulating our new Officers and welcoming each of them to the BDRP Council. I also wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to Chris Stodgell, Evi Struble, and Amy Inselman for participating in the nomination and election process. We are very grateful for their hard work on behalf of our Society and their willingness to run for elected office. We look forward to their continued involvement and leadership in the Society.
Also on this year’s ballot was one amendment to the Constitution and Bylaws, changing the name of the Student Membership category to Trainee Membership, and making some adjustments to the description of this membership category. The amendment was approved.
Thank you to all voting members who took the time to review the ballot materials and cast your votes this year, and for investing in the future of and supporting the mission of the Society. Thank you also to the volunteers on our Nominations and Elections Committee, chaired by Linda Roberts, and the Constitution and Bylaws Committee, chaired by Amy Inselman, for their important work contributing to this year’s ballot.
I look forward to connecting with you during our virtual 61st Annual Meeting this June and July. If you have not already done so, please register soon. The Program Committee, chaired by Sue Makris, has put together an outstanding and comprehensive program, including over 40 hours of science and networking, and the Education Committee, chaired by Christina Carruthers, has developed three informative Education Courses that will take place on Thursdays throughout the month of July. Meeting registration is not required for course registration.
The full meeting agenda and registration information are available on the website: https://www.birthdefectsresearch.org/meetings/2021/
With warm regards,
Elise Madison Lewis, PhD