Developmental Neurotoxicology Society


The 48th Annual Meeting of the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society (DNTS)

June 22 - 26, 2024

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Saturday, June 22, 2024

2:00pm - 5:00pm
Registration Open
3:00pm - 5:00pm
DNTS Council Meeting

Sunday, June 23, 2024

8:00 - 8:10am
President’s Welcome
8:15am - 9:00am
Josef Warkany Lecture

(Joint with BDRP)

Understanding of Mechanisms of Environmental Teratogenesis: From Mercury to Nutrition

9:05am - 12:05pm
Patterns and Effects of Polysubstance Exposure

(DNTS Symposium) 

Patterns and Correlates of Polysubstance Use Among Younger Pregnant and Birthing People
Dr. Natacha De Genna, University of Pittsburgh

Substance Use and the Maternal Brain
Dr. Helena Rutherford, Yale School of Medicine

Marijuana & Tobacco Co-Use in Pregnancy: Biobehavioral Pathways & Impact on Offspring Neurobehavioral Development
Dr. Laura Stroud, Brown University

Polysubstance Exposure, Caregiving, and Child Outcomes
Dr. Rina Eiden, The Pennsylvania State University

12:05pm - 1:30pm
Career Mentoring Box Lunch/Discussion

(Registration Required)

Lunch on Your Own
1:30pm - 3:45pm
DNTS Platform Session I

Dopamine D2 Receptor-Mediated Effects on Glutamatergic Neurons and Responses in the Anterior Cingulate Cortex
Yasmeena Thabet, Florida State University

Perfluorohexane Sulfonate (PFHxS) Alters the Choroid Plexus Transcriptome and Enters the Developing Rat Brain
Dr. Katherine O’Shaughnessy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Developmental Toxicity of Cannabidiol (CBD) in Sprague-Dawley rats
Dr. Timothy Flanigan, U.S. FDA/NCTR

The Relationships of Prenatal Cocaine Exposure and Experience of Victimization to Aggression in Adolescence
Duc Khoa Le, Case Western Reserve University

Early Developmental Neurotoxic Exposure Continues to Impact Neurobehavioral Function Across the Lifespan into Aging
Dr. Edward Levin, Duke University

3:45pm - 4:00pm
4:00pm - 4:30pm
Patricia Rodier Mid-Career Award for Research and Mentoring (Joint with BDRP)

Reproductive Toxicology in Industry: Research and Mentoring are the Special Sauce

4:30pm - 6:00pm
DNTS Business Meeting
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Poster Session I

(Joint with BDRP)

Invertebrate DNT: Evaluating a PFAS Mixture from Pittsboro, NC in Artemia franciscana
Desiree Batangan, Midwestern University

Impulsive Behavior in Rats Perinatally Exposed to Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC)
Monica Carbajol, University of Memphis

Prenatal Tobacco Exposure: Pathways to Aggression and Social Competence in Kindergarten
Makenna Luzenski, The Pennsylvania State University

Trajectories of Prenatal Tobacco and Cannabis Exposure: Implications for Child Inflammation
Madison Kelm, The Pennsylvania State University

Sex-specific Behavioral Changes Following Early Life Nicotine Exposure
Mia Trupiano, Florida State University

Unveiling the Effects of Nicotine and E-Cigarettes on GABA Neuron Migration
Amber Parnell, Florida State University

The Impact of Prenatal and Postnatal Substance Use and Early Adolescent Processes on Late Adolescent Substance Use
Rachel Marcus, The Pennsylvania State University

Neurodevelopmental Vulnerability to Gestational Ozone Exposure
Vishnupriya Alavala, Virginia Commonwealth University

Dopamine and Serotonin Signaling Following Deveopmental Benzo[a]pyrene Exposure in Cyp1b1 (-/-) Knockout and Wild Type Mice
Mackenzie Feltner, Northern Kentucky University

Gut microbiome differences in Cyp1a1(+/+) wild type and Cyp1a1 (-/-) knockout mice with and without developmental exposure to benzo[a]pyrene
Duong Pham, Northern Kentucky University

Associations of prenatal maternal psychosocial stress and depression with neurodevelopmental outcomes in 7.5-month-old infants in the ECHO.CA.IL prospective birth cohorts
Nicholas Cragoe, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

7:30am - 9:30pm
Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellows Career Event
Hosted by Middle Atlantic Reproduction and Teratology Association (MARTA)

Monday, June 24, 2024

8:00am - 9:00am
Keynote Lecture 

(Joint with BDRP)

Putting the Pieces Together: Head to Toe

9:05am - 12:00pm
Congenital Anomalies in Minoritized Populations: An Overview of Factors Affecting Prevalence and Outcomes

(Joint Symposium with BDRP)

Using Birth Defects Surveillance Data to Understand and Address Health Disparities
Dr. Wendy Nembhard, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Congenital Anomalies among American Indian and Alaskan Native People in Oklahoma
Dr. Amanda Janitz, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Voluntary Folic Acid Fortification Policy of Corn Masa Flour and Tortillas in the US and Neural Tube Defects Among Hispanics
Dr. Vijaya Kancherla, Emory University

Neighborhood Sociodemographic Characteristics and Prevalence of Congenital Anomalies in Texas
Dr. Jeremy Schraw, Baylor College of Medicine

12:05pm - 1:30pm
Lunch on Your Own
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Elsevier Distinguished Lecture

Reopening Critical Periods with Psychedelics: Basic Mechanisms and Therapeutic Opportunities

2:35pm - 5:30pm
Chemicals Altering Signaling Molecules and Developmental Pathways
(Joint Symposium with BDRP)

Pdgfra and mTOR Signaling in Alcohol Teratogenesis
Dr. Johann K. Eberhart, The University of Texas at Austin

Alcohol and Cannabinoids Act through Overlapping Pathways Critical for Brain and Face Development
Dr. Karen E. Boschen, SUNY Upstate Medical University

Executive Function Deficits after Prenatal Opioid Exposure Relate to Changes in Microglia
Dr. Brittany Smith, Northern Kentucky University

The Role of the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor in Multi-Organ Developmental Disorders
Dr. Christine Perdan Curran, Northern Kentucky University

5:30pm - 7:30pm
Poster Session II

(Joint with BDRP)

Prenatal Substance Exposure, Intergenerational Maltreatment, and Internalizing and Externalizing Symptoms in Early Adolescence
Meeyoung Min, University of Utah

Parvalbumin as a Target for Thyroid Hormone Mediated Developmental Neurotoxicity
MaryAnn Hawks, US Environmental Protection Agency

Alterations in Behavior and Proteomics Following Perinatal Agonism of GABA-gated Chloride Channels in Long Evans Rats
Emily Pitzer, NETB, PHITD, CPHEA, ORD, US Environmental Protection Agency

The Cincinnati Combined Childhood Cohort (C4): Data harmonization across longitudinal cohorts
Melinda C. MacDougall, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Identification of Studies that Evaluate Effect Modification of Methylmercury (MeHg) Developmental Neurotoxicity (DNT) by Nonchemical Stressors
Deborah Segal, US Environmental Protection Agency

Cognitive and Behavioral Effects of Whole Brain 18 Gy Single Fraction Proton Irradiation in Adult Sprague Dawley Rats at 1 Gy/s, 60 Gy/s, or 95 Gy/s (FLASH)
Michael Williams, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Pathways from Prenatal Cocaine Exposure to Regular Marijuana Use During Emerging Adulthood
Sonia Minnes, Case Western Reserve University

Maintaining Balance: Examining Deiodination of Thyroid Hormones in the Developing Brain
Ryne Thomas, US Environmental Protection Agency

A Faster, Greener Approach to Thyroid Hormone Analysis in Brain\
Carter Kuehn, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, US Environmental Protection Agency

Advancing Computer Vision in High-Throughput Larvae Zebrafish Developmental Morphological and Mortality Screening
Adrian Green, Sciome, LLC

Artificial intelligence (AI)-Driven Morphological Assessment of Zebrafish Embryo for Developmental Toxicity Chemical Screening
Ruchir Shah, Sciome, LLC

Persisting Neurobehavioral Toxicity After Early Developmental Exposure to Lead and Ethanol in Zebrafish
Dr. Edward Levin, Duke University

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

8:00am - 10:55am
Neural Tube Defects in a Post-Folate Fortified World
(Joint Symposium with BDRP)

Genomic Advances in Understanding the Etiology of Neural Tube Defects
Dr. M. Elizabeth Ross, Weill Cornell Medicine

Policy Matters: Folate Fortification, Pharmaceutical Interactions, and Neural Tube Defect
Dr. Robert M. Cabrera, Baylor College of Medicine

Folic Acid and Birth Defect Prevention: Metabolic Regulation of Biomechanical Forces Explain the Beneficial Effects of Folic Acid in Preventing Preventable Birth Defects
Dr. Richard H. Finnell, Baylor College of Medicine

Precision Medicine Approaches for Treating Spina Bifida
Dr. Bruna Corradetti, Baylor College of Medicine

11:00am - 12:00pm
Robert L. Brent Lecture — Teratogen Update
(Joint with BDRP)

Everywhere All at Once: The Prenatal Chemical Exposome and Influences on Health and Health Inequalities

12:00pm - 2:00pm
NTT Editorial Board Luncheon
Lunch on Your Own
2:00pm - 2:40pm
Remembering Don Hutchings
Diana Dow-Edwards, SUNY, Downstate Health Sciences University
2:40pm - 5:00pm
The East Palestine Train Derailment: A Complex Environmental Disaster

Healthy Futures Research Study: Linking Somatic Mutation Rate with Baseline Exposure in East Palestine
Fred Schumacher, Case Western Reserve University

Identifying Chemical Disaster Hazards after the EP Derailment in Real Time
Timothy Ciesielski, Case Western Reserve University

Chemicals and Psychosocial Stressors as Toxic Exposures after the East Palestine Derailment
James P. Fabisiak, and Laura Dietz, University of Pittsburgh

5:00pm - 5:10pm
Best Student/Postdoctoral Fellow Presentation Awards
6:00pm - 9:00pm
DNTS Social — Shorty’s Pins x Pints
(Separate Registration Required)

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

8:00am - 9:00am
Richard Butcher New Investigator Award
Lecturer TBA
9:05am - 12:15pm
Developmental Neuropathology in Rodents: Chemicals versus Pediatric Pharmaceuticals
(Joint Workshop with BDRP)

Regulatory Requirements for the Assessment of Developmental Neuropathology Following Chemical and Pharmaceutical Exposure
Dr. Pragati S. Coder, Charles River Laboratories Ashland LLC 

Neuropathology Evaluation of Olney Lesions in Regulatory Drug Development Toxicology Studies
Dr. Deepa Rao, Greenfield Pathology Services, Inc.

Developmental Neurotoxicity and Brain Morphometric Evaluations for Chemicals
Dr. Catherine Picut, Charles River Pathology Associates, Inc.

Neuropathology Evaluation in Juvenile Animal Toxicity Studies for Pharmaceuticals
Dr. Brad Bolon, GEMpath, Inc.

Meeting Adjourned