Scientists to Be Recognized as They Present Research on Zika, Cocaine in Pregnancy

June 24 – 28, 2017

Zika emergence is a wake-up call to bring together the best of team science to understand the biology of Zika infections, its control and prevention.

As Spring reignites vigilance against Zika virus-carrying mosquitoes, scientists leading the way in unveiling cutting-edge birth defects research related to Zika virus during pregnancy, as well as other prenatal exposures like cocaine, are being recognized by the world’s premier society for this important science.

The Teratology Society is an international and multidisciplinary group of scientists including researchers, clinicians, epidemiologists, and public health professionals from academia, government and industry who study birth defects, reproduction, and disorders of developmental origin. Through its 2017 Teratology Society Awards and Special Lectures, more than a dozen scientists will be recognized for advancing the science of birth defects research.

Among the honorees will be José Cordero, MD, MPH, a Patel Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the University of Georgia College of Public Health. He’s a former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Assistant Surgeon General of the Public Health Service who currently conducts Zika virus research in Puerto Rico. “Zika emergence is a wake-up call to bring together the best of team science to understand the biology of Zika infections, its control and prevention,” explained Dr. Cordero. He’ll present the Josef Warkany Lecture, “Preventing Congenital Zika Syndrome: Lessons Learned from Rubella Elimination,” at the Teratology Society’s Annual Meeting June 24 – 28, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. “Joining the Teratology Society was transformational. It became my main…

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