The 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 MotherToBaby services and researchers that conduct MotherToBaby Pregnancy Studies.
OTIS welcomes as a new member anyone with a commitment to understanding the effects of environmental agents in maternal and fetal/infant health, the prevention of negative pregnancy outcomes, including birth defects, and the communication of evidence-based information about medications and other environmental exposures in pregnancy and lactation.
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Kay Padgett Scholarship: Offering scholarships to assist OTIS members in attending educational meetings.
Kay Padgett was the administrator of the Reproductive Toxicology Center since it was first conceived in the early 1980s. She was instrumental in getting REPROTOX off the ground and in keeping it running. Kay was a familiar voice on the phone to many OTIS members. She helped with connection problems, payment questions, and most other issues. She was a librarian by training and established search algorithms for REPROTOX that were subsequently adopted by the National Library of Medicine. It was typical of Kay to keep working even after being challenged by the disease that ultimately took her life. When it was clear to her that she would not survive, she helped us design automated systems that would replace her. Although, of course, nothing could really replace her. Because Kay was so devoted to the Teratology Information community, we could think of no better memorial than a scholarship to assist OTIS members in attending educational meetings.
Susan Briggs Scholarship: The Susan Briggs Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to the memory of Susan Briggs who passed away on June 28, 2009. Her husband, Jerry, has been Chair of the OTIS Research Committee for many years. According to Jerry, Susan always supported and encouraged his involvement in OTIS. Following her death, the Susan Briggs Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by the OTIS Board of Directors to encourage OTIS members who are not already Research Coordinators to attend the OTIS Midyear Research Meeting to learn more about OTIS research activities.