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- Automatic membership to the International DOHaD Society
- Discounted registration for the US DOHaD Annual Meeting
- Voting rights in the US DOHaD Society
​- Free access to journal (J DOHaD)
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- Opportunity to serve on council or elected office


Membership to the US DOHaD Society is for the calendar year.  
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SCIENCE SPOTLIGHT
DOHaD and Machine Learning
Cheryl S. Rosenfeld, DVM, PhD
 
What if one could predict how perinatal exposure to a maternal or paternal change could affect later offspring outcomes without having to do correlative epidemiological studies or designing animal model studies? This might sound fanciful, farfetched or at the very least futuristic, but the technology to obtain such answers may already be in our grasp. Such might be achieved by using utilizing advanced machine learning techniques. This term, along with artificial intelligence, have become widely used in the popular press, but what such programs actually do may be less clear. Machine learning involves building a mathematical model of all the potential interactions between datasets and observed labels. To train the model, it has to be first provided a dataset with known labels. By adjusting the rules and labels on such known data, the program begins to be trained on how to distinguish such label. Finally, the trained model can then be provided another group of data that shares common features as the first dataset but with unknown labels. With the “knowledge” gained during the training period, the program can begin to make inferences on relationships between the new data but with unknown labels. In other words, the machine “learns” the rules and can apply it to make predictions on the unknown. Lets’ consider how this can be applied to DOHaD-based studies. Read more...
MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS
Rebecca Fry, Ph.D. is the Carol Remmer Angle Distinguished Professor in Children’s Environmental Health and Associate Chair in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Dr. Fry received her BS, MS and PhD degrees in Biology. Since starting off in research, she has always been interested in understanding how exogenous agents act on and disrupt molecular components of biological systems. During her post-doctoral research at MIT in the Center for Environmental Health, Dr. Fry was part of an international team that investigated the impacts of in utero arsenic exposure on children’s health. Since this time, Dr. Fry’s research passion has continued to be: (1) to identify the potential harms of perinatal exposure to chemicals on human health with a focus on the placenta as a target tissue, and (2) to develop strategies to protect against these deleterious effects. She does this through highly translational research employing cell culture models, mouse models and human population-based research. Dr. Fry is the founding Director of the Institute for Environmental Health Solutions (IEHS) at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is also the PI of several large NIH-funded grants including a children’s environmental health cohort funded through the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program, the UNC Superfund Research Program, an R01 from the National Institute for Child Health Development (NICHD), and three R01s from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). When she is not wearing the hat of a researcher, Dr. Fry enjoys playing the piano and spending time with her husband, three children, two dogs, guinea pig and fish.

Chrissy Crute is a PhD candidate in the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program at Duke University, supported by the Division of Reproductive Sciences in Duke OB/GYN, where she is co-mentored by Drs. Susan Murphy and Liping Feng. Her current work is focused on the effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) exposures on pregnancy and fetal health outcomes, specifically evaluating how these exposures disrupt development and function of the placenta. Chrissy has always been passionate about the intersection of human health and the environment, especially as it pertains to fetal epigenetic programming. Her ideal career path combines research of emerging global environmental health challenges with experiential teaching and community engagement. With that said, it may come of no surprise that outside of lab, she teaches a global health course focused on electronic-waste recycling in developing countries, guest lectures and visits with faculty at Elon University as a Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Fellow, and hosts science communication workshops for graduate students. COVID-19 has caused her to learn how to adjust student lab and fieldwork projects and adapt her teaching strategies to effectively interact with students online.
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