Forty-second Annual Meeting of the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society,

Held in Conjunction with the 58th Annual Meeting of the Teratology Society

In Clearwater, Florida at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort from June 23-27, 2018,

Abstract submissions, hotel info, and registration can be found here.


Preliminary Program

For 2018, the Education Course (Saturday before our meeting) is on CNS development.  Together with TS, we have planned three symposia:

  • air pollution: Assessing the Lifelong Impacts of Prenatal and Early-Life Exposure to Air Pollution Symposium
  • opiates “Opioids: Impact on Pregnancy and Child Development;
  • Autism:”The Teratology of Autism: An Update and Understanding from Different Perspectives Symposium”


We also have a symposium on “Transgenerational effects of abuse substances on behavior: the epigenetic link and what the clinician needs to know”

Introduction: Sonya Sobrian, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Howard University School of Medicine, Washington, DC

1)         Transgenerational effects of marijuana—Yasmin Hurd, PhD; Professor of Neuroscience, Psychiatry, and Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

2)         Paternal cocaine use and sex-dependent effects on future generations—R. Chris Pierce, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience in Psychiatry, Center for Neurobiology and Behavior; University of Pennsylvania

3)         Preclinical modeling of prenatal opioid exposure in the age of epigenetics ----Elizabeth Byrnes, PhD; Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences; Tufts University

4)         Drinking beyond a lifetime: emerging insights into paternal alcohol exposure on subsequent generations ---Gregg Homanics, PhD; Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Pittsburgh.

5)         Transgenerational transmission of the effects of maternal and paternal nicotine exposure upon the brain, behavior and germ cells. Pradeep G. Bhide, PhD; Professor and Chair of Developmental Neuroscience; Director of the Center for Brain Repair, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL


And a second symposium: “Experience during adolescence shapes brain development: from synapses and networks to normal and pathological behavior” brings together the major contributors to the field of adolescent brain development from a cellular/plasticity level to network/circuit development to an integrated behavioral level.  Talks on experience-dependent plasticity, the role of endocannabinoids in cortical development and what imaging has revealed about cortical network development will inform the audience about what is happening to the normal brain during adolescence.   Then, talks on understanding peer-stimulated risky behavior and what exposure to stimulants does to brain function will provide the audience with knowledge essential for people working with adolescent populations, people modeling human conditions, policy makers and those working in drug development.


Special Presidential Lecture

Gaya Dowling, NIDA speaking on the ABCD study

Distinguished Elsevier Lecturer

Tibor Harkany, Ph.D; Department of Neuroscience; Karolinska Institutet: speaking on endocannabinoids and brain development

Please contact Dr. Diana Dow-Edwards with questions regarding the meeting.
See you in Clearwater in 2018!