Meeting Information

Why Attend the 2018 Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention Annual Meeting?

Birth defects and developmentally-mediated disorders constitute a major public health concern in the world today. Human development can be affected by drugs, chemicals, infectious diseases, diet, genetics, and maternal health as well as and socioeconomic factors. Understanding and protecting against potential hazards to developing embryos, fetuses, and children requires advanced scientific knowledge from diverse and novel fields such as cell and molecular biology, developmental biology and toxicology, computational modeling, genetics, and epidemiology. The science is put into practice in the areas of prenatal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, neonatology, medical genetics, counseling, product safety, risk assessment, and governmental regulations.

Our Annual Meeting provides the opportunity to promote our shared vision and scientific identity as researchers focused on the causes, manifestations, intervention, and prevention of birth defects and disorders of developmental origin.

  • The meeting promotes and expresses our scientific diversity as a society of fellow clinicians, scientists, and science policy regulators from academic, industrial, and government sectors.
  • Attendees can indulge in discussions from philosophical to practical with established experts in the field, new researchers, and students.
  • The Annual Meeting provides a place and time to catch up with colleagues, make new friends, and network.
  • Scientific sessions highlight the latest scientific research in birth defects, diseases of developmental origin, and cutting-edge technologies.

The theme of the 2018 meeting is "Mechanisms, Models, Mothers and Babies: Bringing Birth Defects Research into Practice" and will cover basic, epidemiologic, and clinical research and the application of new technologies to the understanding and prevention of birth defects, and postnatal/functional effects. If your research and/or daily activities involve any of the items below, you should come to Clearwater Beach!

Researchers whose cutting-edge science can be applied to birth defects research such as research with stem cells, adverse outcomes pathways, computational toxicology, genomics/genetics, mechanistic toxicology, proteomics, or metabolomics.

Clinicians involved in early diagnosis of birth defects, technologies to identify birth defects or adverse pregnancy outcomes, identification of chemicals and pathogens that affect pregnancy and development.

Epidemiologists working to recognize developmental disabilities.

Regulators responsible for interpreting and managing regulations based on reproductive and developmental endpoints.

Developmental and Reproductive Toxicologists who develop and/or test pharmaceuticals or chemicals for development and reproductive effects.

Pharmacologists who develop and design new drugs and chemicals for use during pregnancy and early childhood.

Educators teaching developmental and reproductive biology/toxicology, serve as mentors to students, or develop training materials for scientists, clinicians, or pregnant women.

Students and Postdoctoral Fellows with a desire to learn more in developmental or reproductive toxicology, and diseases of developmental origin, and who want a career in government, academia, or industry in the field of birth defects research.

The meeting will be held at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort, located on ten acres of the Trip Advisor’s top rated beach in the United States and approximately 20 miles from the Tampa International Airport (TPA).

Emeritus members are encouraged to attend the meeting and the Education Courses. Reduced registration rates have been established for Emeritus members of the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention to participate in the Annual Meeting. To qualify for this rate, you must be an approved Emeritus member of the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention.

We applaud the 2018 Program and Education Committees for preparing an outstanding meeting. The 2018 program represents the great strengths of our multidisciplinary Society and presents something for everyone. The Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention invites you to join us in Clearwater for an exciting and rewarding scientific meeting.