BACKGROUND This paper updates the history of the Teratology Society, now known as the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention (BDRP), for its first 60 years and describes the current strategy to position the Society to continue to advance its multidisciplinary science in the future . Common threads across our history include the positive impact of the Society's approach to sharing multidisciplinary, cutting-edge science and the collegial nature of the annual meetings .
AIM In recent years, we have tackled challenging issues through periodic strategic planning sessions to improve the impact of the Society and its value to our members . MATERIALS &
METHODS Archived and current resources were reviewed for this historical perspective .
RESULTS In 2019, the Society took steps to rebrand itself to clarify our mission to the broader scientific and governmental communities .
DISCUSSION Although our name has changed, the mission remains to understand and prevent birth defects and disorders of developmental and reproductive origin .
CONCLUSION As BDRP, we continue to promote the exchange of research and ideas, provide educational opportunities, influence policy through advocacy, and evolve our communications to better serve our members and to have a greater impact on the health of future generations.