Professor Elected President of Society for Epidemiologic Research

Posted on: July 9, 2018 Topics: faculty honors

Martha Werler, professor and chair of epidemiology, has been elected the 52nd president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER). She began her role as president-elect at the SER 2018 annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, in June and will become president at next year’s meeting.

SER is led by an executive committee that includes a president, president-elect, and immediate past-president, who each serve in their respective roles for one year. Bernard Harlow, professor of epidemiology, was the society’s 50th president in 2016, and ended his past-president term at this year’s meeting.

Werler is a perinatal epidemiologist whose NIH- and CDC-supported research includes projects on maternal serum markers of infection and abdominal wall defects; medications, folic acid intake, and inheritance in relation to spina bifida; and psycho-social and cognitive outcomes in children born with craniofacial birth defects. 

She has published more than 195 papers and book chapters, and has received the National Birth Defect Prevention Network Oakley Award, the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research Mentoring Award, and the Teratology Society Fraser Award. Werler has also served on numerous NIH advisory and review boards, and currently sits on the NICHD Board of Scientific Counselors.

“I am thrilled and truly honored to serve this society that has been so instrumental in my own career development,” Werler says. “As part of SER’s executive board, I wish to expand the discussion of diversity and inclusion in our field, and to work with members to address these issues in concrete ways, so that our membership better represents the populations we study.”

Established in 1968, SER is the oldest and largest general epidemiology society in North America. To foster epidemiologic research, SER sponsors the American Journal of Epidemiology and Epidemiologic Reviews as well as the annual SER meeting, which includes the John C. Cassel Memorial Lecture, Kenneth Rothman Career Accomplishment Award, Tyroler Student Prize Paper, contributed papers, symposia, and posters on a wide range of epidemiologic issues.

Michelle Samuels


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