The Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention works closely with several related organizations. Two of these organizations, our “sister societies,” regularly hold concurrent annual meetings with the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention. These concurrent meetings allow for ample joint scientific sessions and networking opportunities.
Developmental Neurotoxicology Society and its members focus on studies of the developmental origins of nervous system disorders and their long-term effects on behavior and biology.
Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) is a professional scientific society made up of individuals engaged in assessing and evaluating risks to pregnancy and breastfeeding from environmental exposures. Members include, but are not limited to, specialists in the fields of: obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, genetics, dysmorphology, perinatal epidemiology, teratology, behavioral teratology, pharmacy, genetic counseling, nursing, midwifery, maternal and child health, public health, and includes experts that provide the MotherToBaby service. MotherToBaby teratogen information specialists maintain a library of fact sheets on a variety of exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding, as well as answer questions from the general public and health care providers. To be connected with a MotherToBaby expert via phone or text, please visit www.MotherToBaby.org or download the MotherToBaby app, available for iOS and Android devices. OTIS also conducts observational research through the MotherToBaby Pregnancy Studies based at UC San Diego.
Other organizations with which the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention works closely include:
American College of Toxicology (ACT) and the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention co-host a week-long Practical Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology course for industrial and regulatory scientists. This course is held in alternating years.
European Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention (ETS) and the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention co-host an exchange lecture at each society’s annual meeting.
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is the USA’s largest coalition of biomedical researchers, representing 30 scientific societies and over 130,000 researchers from around the world, including the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention and its members. FASEB is recognized as the policy voice of biological and biomedical researchers.
HESI Global is a nonprofit that brings together scientists from academia, government, industry, and NGOs from around the world to ensure the health and safety of people and our environment. HESI Global sponsors a Symposium each year at the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention Annual Meeting.
The Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention is a member of the Friends of NCBDDD, a coalition of government and private sector participants who work together to enhance the mission and activities of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) in identifying the causes of birth defects and developmental disabilities; helping children to develop and reach their full potential; and promoting health and well-being among people of all ages with disabilities, including blood disorders.
The Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention is a member of the Friends of National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), an independent coalition of over 100 organizations formed in the mid-1980’s to support the important role of NICHD. Member organizations represent scientists, physicians, health care providers, patients and parents concerned with the health and welfare of women, children, families and people with disabilities.
The Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention is a member of this broad coalition of organizations, representing public and environmental health, environment, children’s, women’s and medical communities, whose mission it is to support, follow and call attention to the vital work being done by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). NIEHS, one of the 27 institutes and centers of the National Institutes of Health, focuses on the prevention of health problems and diseases with special emphasis on the intimate interactions between our bodies and the environments where we live, work and play over our lifetimes.
International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research and Surveillance (ICBDSR) brings together birth defect surveillance and research programs from around the world with the aim of investigating and preventing birth defects and lessening the impact of their consequences. ICBDSR is the lead organization of World Birth Defects Day (March 3), a global awareness raising campaign which has grown to involve over 75 organizations worldwide, with a combined reach of over 2.8M on social media. ICBDSR offers an online self-paced course on birth defect surveillance and prevention.
March of Dimes sponsors the March of Dimes Symposium at the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention Annual Meeting. The Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention is also part of the March of Dimes-led Zika Coalition.
Middle Atlantic Reproduction and Teratology Association (MARTA) and the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention co-host a trainee career developmental and networking event at the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention Annual Meeting. Additionally, MARTA sponsors the James C. Bradford Memorial Poster Awards at the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention Annual Meeting.
National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) is a volunteer-based organization that addresses the issues of birth defects surveillance, research, and prevention under one umbrella by maintaining a national network of state and population-based birth defects programs. The Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention works closely with NBDPN on National Birth Defects Prevention Month (January). NBDPN has published Guidelines for Conducting Birth Defects Surveillance, available in the Resources section of their website.
The Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention is a member of the Scientific Liaison Coalition (SLC), a partnership aimed at improving public health through a collaborative interdisciplinary approach. Activities include collaborative webinars and scientific sessions/meetings on a wide-range of topics of interest to member organizations. Recorded webinars are housed on the SLC website and are freely available.
Society of Toxicology (SOT) and the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention co-administer the Edward W. Carney Trainee Award. Additionally, through the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention’s membership in the Scientific Liaison Coalition, Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention members enjoy discounted registration at SOT Contemporary Concepts in Toxicology (CCT) conferences.