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The North Carolina Birth Defects Monitoring Program (NCBDMP) actively participates in research that supports our mission to provide complete, timely and accurate data on birth defects in North Carolina, and to collaborate with other organizations to produce high quality research that will inform local, state and national birth defect prevention efforts. Information about birth defects in North Carolina is used for various public health and research activities, including:
SPOTLIGHT ON COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH
The NCBDMP collaborates with the North Carolina Folic Acid Council and the March of Dimes on an initiative aimed at preventing neural tube defects in North Carolina. Neural tube defects (sometimes called “NTDs”) are a group of birth defects that include spina bifida, anencephaly and certain other central nervous system malformations. The goal of this project is to carefully monitor the occurrence of NTDs and to help develop and evaluate folic acid promotion activities in the state.
The NCBDMP is also actively involved within the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN), a non-profit organization that (1) maintains a network of local, state, and national population-based programs for birth defects surveillance and research to assess the impact of birth defects upon children, families, and health care; (2) identifies factors that can be used to develop primary prevention strategies; and (3) assists families and their providers in secondary disabilities prevention. For more information, visit the NBDPN website.
N.C. Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention
In 2002, North Carolina was designated as a Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The N.C. Center is a joint effort of the North Carolina Birth Defects Monitoring Program and the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health in Chapel Hill. The Center's mission is to conduct epidemiologic research into the causes of birth defects, and to promote the use of research findings to enhance public health education and prevention efforts in order to improve the health of North Carolina children. The N.C. Center brings together experts in the areas of epidemiology, nutrition, surveillance, biostatistics, teratology and medical genetics.
The primary roles of the N.C. Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention are to (1) participate in the National Birth Defects Prevention Study (NBDPS); (2) conduct center-specific research projects; and (3) enhance the state’s birth defects research and prevention capacity. The NBDPS is the largest population-based study ever conducted on the causes of birth defects. As part of the study, participants (women who have had babies with and without birth defects) are interviewed about their pregnancy and medical history, work and environmental exposures, lifestyle, diet and medication use. Cheek cells are also collected from the baby and parents to help identify genetic factors that may be related to birth defects. Since the study began in 1997, many findings about more than 30 different types of birth defects have been published in science and health journals. This valuable study helps us understand what causes birth defects, who is affected by birth defects, and how birth defects can be prevented in the future.
The N.C. Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention also conducts research to:
For more information about the North Carolina Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention, please contact Alison Woomert, NC-CBDRP Project Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here. For more information about the Centers for Birth Defects Research and Prevention and the National Birth Defects Prevention Study, click here.
Page Last Updated March 09, 2012