Who Are Our Members?
The Society includes scientists from a variety of disciplines, including researchers, clinicians, epidemiologists, and public health professionals from academia, government and industry who study birth defects and disorders of developmental origin.
What is Our Focus?
Birth defects and developmentally-mediated disorders constitute a major public health concern in the world today. Human development can be affected not only by drugs and chemicals, but also by diet, genetics, maternal health, 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.