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The Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) is the professional scientific society made up of the experts that provide the MotherToBaby service, and the researchers that perform the MotherToBaby pregnancy studies. OTIS is governed by a board of directors, an elected body consisting of a president, president elect, immediate past president, secretary, treasurer, and three members-at-large. OTIS has an executive director who manages the OTIS National Office located in Brentwood, Tennessee. OTIS has several working committees including education, research, website, abstract, public affairs, meeting planning, elections, and membership. 
Kenneth Lyons Jones, OTIS President
Dr. Jones is the President of the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS), the professional scientific society behind the MotherToBaby service. Dr. Jones is the Chief of the Division of Dysmorphology/Teratology at the Department of Pediatrics at UCSD and Medical Director of MotherToBaby CA. In these activities he has been involved in research, teaching, clinical work, and university and public service.
His research has focused on the clinical delineation of birth defects, mechanisms of normal and abnormal morphogenesis and the recognition of new human teratogens. The work on recognition of new human teratogens is primarily focused through MotherToBaby CA, a service which he established under a different name in 1979 and which is funded by the State of California.
Dr. Jones has authored more than 400 publications in scientific journals as well as several books, and is the author of Smith’s Recognizable Patterns of Human Malformation. He is considered to be the father of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) as he was one of two doctors at the University of Washington who first identified FAS in the United States in 1973.  Over the past 37 years, he has continued to make significant contributions to our understanding of the prenatal effects of alcohol, most recently as the head of the Dysmorphology Core of the large NIAAA consortium studying this disorder.
As Chief of UCSD Medical Center's Division of Dysmorphology/Teratology, Dr. Jones is in clinical service throughout the year, and trains fellows in dysmorphology. Teaching goes on virtually every day as he sees patients in clinics and serves as consultant on hospital inpatient services throughout San Diego County.  He has a proven track record in the training of physicians in the diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and in organizing programs to evaluate children for the diagnosis of fetal alcohol syndrome in many foreign sites.
Dr. Jones is a past president of both the Western Society for Pediatric Research and of the Teratology Society, and he is the co-chair of the Scientific Working Group on Diagnostic Guidelines for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder, convened by the National Center of Birth Defects & Developmental Disabilities. He is also a member of two committees established by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA): the Pregnancy Labeling Advisory Committee and the subcommittee established in 2000 to evaluate the continued misuse of Accutane during pregnancy. Dr. Jones also serves on various other boards and committees.
On March 15, 2007, Dr. Kenneth Lyons Jones received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Genetics from the March of Dimes.  In April, 2010 he was nominated and accepted as a member of the Association of American Physicians.


The Board of Directors
President- Robert Felix
Past President- Kenneth Lyons Jones, MD
Treasurer- Julia Robertson, CPM
Secretary- Al Romeo, RN, PhD
Member-at-Large- Anna Pupco, MD
Member-at-Large- Patricia Cole, MPH
Member-at-Large- Sarah Obican, MD


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OTIS National Office
Nicole Greer
Executive Director
Organization of Teratology Information Specialists
5034A Thoroughbred Lane
Brentwood, Tennessee 37027
Phone: (615) 649-3082
Fax: (615) 523-1715
The OTIS National Office handles all administrative inquiries. If you have questions about exposures during pregnancy or breastfeeding, please call (866) 626-6847 to speak with a MotherToBaby expert.


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Abstract Committee:
The Abstract Committee evaluates and selects all abstracts presented as poster and platform presentations at the Annual Education Meeting for OTIS Members and MotherToBaby Affiliates. The abstract selection process is held each year in the spring before the annual meeting in June.


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Education Committee:

The Education Committee is responsible for selecting topics, assigning writers, preparing text, reviewing, publishing and periodically updating MotherToBaby Fact Sheets. The fact sheets provide information about many different exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and are available in both English and Spanish. MotherToBaby Fact Sheets can be downloaded for free here.


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Elections Committee:
The Elections Committee is responsible each fall for soliciting nominations for positions that will become vacant on the Board of Directors for the upcoming year. Nominations of suitable candidates are submitted for a vote to the membership in the spring of the year of the election. The Elections Committee calls for the vote, receives and qualifies ballots, and announces results to the Board of Directors and the membership.


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Meeting Planning Committee:

The Meeting Planning Committee organizes the Annual Education Meeting for OTIS Members and MotherToBaby Affiliates. The Executive Director serves as Chair of the Meeting Planning Committee, and is responsible for coordinating the planning activities, providing continuity and procedural support, and working with the other members of the committee on the meeting program.

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Marketing Committee: 

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Membership Committee:

The Membership Committee establishes and maintains criteria for OTIS individual membership. Membership recruitment, maintenance of the new member information packets, and maintenance of the membership list falls under the duties of the Secretary as a member of the Board of Directors who works with the Executive Director at the National Office where all membership applications are processed and archived.

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Public Affairs Committee:

The Public Affairs Committee is responsible for selecting public health or current event topics that are of relevance to the mission of OTIS, and outlining the committee’s stance or recommendations on these topics either through published position papers, or other media. The Public Affairs Committee may also encourage or support research projects or other activities that address these public health concerns.

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Research Committee:

The Research Committee is responsible for selecting topics/projects, approving protocols, and overseeing the conduct of MotherToBaby Collaborative Research. The Research Committee sets policy for MotherToBaby Collaborative Research publications, and approves requests by outside investigators to utilize MotherToBaby data. The Research Committee also oversees the selection and certification of Research Coordinators at each MotherToBaby affiliate. The Research Committee organizes and conducts two annual meetings for the Research Committee and Research Coordinators, one during the annual scientific meeting in June, and one freestanding meeting in January.


Lactation Research Subcommittee:

The Lactation Research Subcommittee is a subcommittee of the Research Committee that was formed from volunteers at the Mid-Year Research Team meeting on January 27, 2008. The subcommittee is charged with the responsibility to develop a framework for conducting and/or collaborating in studies about breastfeeding exposures. 
Scientific Advisory Subcommittee:
The Scientific Advisory Subcommittee is a subcommittee of the Research Committee.  It is comprised of 10 members representing both OTIS and the European Network of Teratology Information Services (ENTIS).  The subcommittee is responsible for developing a process for building a partnership between ENTIS and OTIS that would include the establishment of a formal guidance document to maximize the benefits of collaborative research between the two organizations, while maintaining their core missions of research, education, and service. The advisory committee will also provide strategic advice on all ENTIS/OTIS collaborative research endeavors.
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Website Committee:

The Website Committee is responsible for reviewing all new updates or additions to the MotherToBaby website and approving these before submission to the webmaster for uploading. The Website Committee also reviews the content, appearance, functionality, and appeal of the website and recommends upgrades or revisions to the Board of Directors. The Website Committee also monitors web activity through the webmaster.

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Fact Sheets

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Influenza Vaccine

The flu shot given by injection is recommended in any trimester for women who will be pregnant during the flu season. See our FACTSHEET

Paroxetine (Paxil®)

While not every study agrees, Paxil use in the first trimester may cause a 1% increase in heart defects. See our FACT SHEET