Meeting Information

Annual Meeting Awards

Josef Warkany Lecturer

This lecture recognizes Josef Warkany’s contributions to the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention. Dr. Warkany was the first person to demonstrate that exposures to environmental chemicals are responsible for production of congenital malformation. His early studies culminated in the formulation of the scientific principles of teratology. This award recognizes a scientist who has significantly contributed to the field over the course of their career.


F. Clarke Fraser New Investigator Award

This award honors F. Clarke Fraser, one of the founding members of the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention, for his many contributions to the field of developmental toxicology. The award recipient must be an active member of the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention with evidence of a successful, independent research career in birth defects research.


James G. Wilson Publication Award

This award honors James G. Wilson, one of the founding members of the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention, and is presented in recognition of the best paper accepted or published in the journal Birth Defects Research during the prior year. The dual purpose of the award is to provide recognition to the author(s) of the best paper and to encourage authors trained in various disciplines to submit high-quality papers to Birth Defects Research.


Patricia Rodier Mid-Career Award in Research and Mentoring

This award honors the legacy of Dr. Patricia Rodier, a past President of the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society and a past Council member of the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention. The purpose of the award is to recognize a mid-career individual who has demonstrated successful, independent research in neurobehavioral teratology, birth defects, or related fields; and has demonstrated a commitment to mentorship of students, postdoctoral fellows, young investigators, and/or trainees.


Narsingh Agnish Fellowship

This award recognizes Narsingh Agnish’s contributions to the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention, particularly the implementation of the Education Courses. The Narsingh Agnish Fellowship is awarded to a long-standing member of the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention who has made a major contribution to education in the field of teratology or a related discipline.

Birth Defects Research Distinguished Scholar Awards

These awards recognize distinguished authors for the importance, impact, and relevance of their published works in the field of birth defects research. The dual purpose of these awards 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 our journal, Birth Defects Research.


Robert L. Brent Lecture

This lecture recognizes Robert L. Brent’s contributions to the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention and particularly for 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.


Edward W. Carney Distinguished Service Award

This award honors Edward W. Carney, Past President of the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention, for his exemplary dedication and service to the Society and the field of birth defects research.


Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention Innovator Award

This award recognizes innovative and translational research at the intersection of at least two of the following areas: basic science, new technologies, clinical research, policy, and outreach. The three finalists for this award are selected from the abstracts to present in a special platform session.


Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Awards

Several Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Awards will be presented during the Annual Meeting Awards Presentation and Business Meeting. These awards include the Edward W. Carney Trainee Award, Marie W. Taubeneck Award, Wilson Presentation Awards, and James C. Bradford Memorial Poster Award. Please join us to celebrate these students and postdoctoral fellows who are the future of the field.


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