Dr. Russell Kirby named co-recipient of Teratology Society’s Distinguished Scholar Award

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The Teratology Society has named Dr. Russell Kirby, USF Distinguished Professor and Marrell Endowed Chair at the USF College of Public Health, a 2015 co-recipient of its Birth Defects Research Part A Distinguished Scholar Award.

A letter from Dr. Robert G. Ellis-Hutchings, Teratology Society Awards Committee chair, said Kirby, who teaches in the Department of Community and Family Health, is recognized for his “scholarly efforts … associated with national prevalence estimates for selected birth defects.”

Russell Kirby, PhD, MS

Russell Kirby, PhD, MS

The recognition, which includes a small monetary award from Wiley-Blackwell, publishers of the society’s journals, was announced March 5 and will be presented at the society’s annual meeting this summer in Montreal.

True to form, Kirby accepts the accolade as a member of a team.

“This award recognizes an ongoing collaborative activity with colleagues at CDC and the National Birth Defects Prevention Network,” he said.  “That collaboration has led to a series of publications providing national estimates of the prevalence of selected birth defects in the U.S.”

Founded in 1960, the Teratology Society’s dedicated mission is birth defects research, education and prevention.


Story by David Brothers, College of Public Health.