This request is for support to help defray the costs of the Annual Meeting of the Neurobehavioral Teratology Society (NBTS) for 5 years. The annual meeting of NBTS highlights new data and theoretical constructs concerning neurobehavioral teratology and the developmental origins of CNS disorders that result from developmental exposure to drugs, toxic substances, environmental contaminants (including food contaminants), stressors, genetic mutations, epigenetic changes, and the interaction of these factors. Effects in humans, animal models, and neural studies of mechanisms are presented. Issues of construct and translational validity are considered, as well as developments concerning the mechanisms of how drugs and other chemicals affect brain and behavior. The 2013 meeting features topics on advances in methods, advances in the science of developmental disorders, and brings forward areas (e.g., schizophrenia) as issues of importance since recent data suggest that neuropsychiatric disorders may have embryonic and fetal origins. The meeting brings together developmental neuroscientists, developmental neurotoxicologists, developmental psychologists, developmental epidemiologists, teratologists, developmental toxicologists, medical geneticists, physicians, genetic councilors, and developmental environmental scientists from academia, industry, and government. NBTS meets with the Teratology Society (TS) and the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) producing synergy.
Aim 1 : Support Conference Travel Awards for 2 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, advanced undergraduates or research assistants to present their data with waiver of registration fee and discounted room rates. Conference Awards are $700 each. The Society matches this by supporting 2 conference travel awards from its dues for a total of 4 awards per year.
Aim 2 : Support 1 New Investigator Award per year. The Society waives the recipient's registration fee and pays for travel and meeting-related expenses ($1100 coming from this grant and the balance ($2000-2500) from the Society.
Aim 3 : Provide support for travel expenses for non-member speakers. NBTS typically invites 8-10 non-member speakers per year. We request $2,500 toward this cost. The 2013 outside speaker estimated costs will be ~$15,000. Hence, the $2,500 contribution requested will be partial support to help the Society maintain the involvement of high quality non-member speakers.

Public Health Relevance

This conference grant is for support of the costs of the Annual Meeting of the Neurobehavioral Teratology Society (NBTS). The meeting highlights new data concerning the developmental origins of brain disorders that result from developmental exposure to drugs, toxic substances, environmental contaminants (including food contaminants), stressors, genetic mutations, epigenetic changes, and the interaction of these factors. Effects in humans, animal models, and mechanisms are presented. Issues of validity are considered, as are developments concerning mechanisms of how drugs and other chemicals affect brain development and behavior. The 2013 meeting features new methods and current topics such as the prenatal origins or schizophrenia and brain imaging in understanding normal and abnormal brain development. The meeting brings together developmental neuroscientists, developmental neurotoxicologists, developmental psychologists, developmental epidemiologists, teratologists, developmental toxicologists, medical geneticists, physicians, genetic councilors, and developmental environmental scientists from academia, industry, and government. NBTS meets with the Teratology Society (TS) and the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) interactively. Aim 1: Support Conference Travel Awards for 2 trainees (graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, undergraduates or research assistants) to present their data with waiver of registration and discounted rooms ($700 each x 2). The Society matches this by with 2 awards from its dues for a total of 4 per year. Aim 2: Support one New Investigator Award. The Society waives registration and pays for travel and meeting expenses ($1100 coming from this grant and the balance ($2000-2500) from the Society. Aim 3: Provide travel expenses for non-member speakers from other fields. NBTS invites 8-10 non-member speakers per year. We request $2,500/year. The 2013 outside speaker estimated costs is ~$15,000. Hence, the $2,500 would contribute toward this amount.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Type
Conference (R13)
Project #
5R13FD004852-02
Application #
8696985
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZFD1)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
2
Fiscal Year
2014
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
City
Cincinnati
State
OH
Country
United States
Zip Code
45229