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Proceedings of the Texas Birth Defects Conference 2002

March 7-8, 2002

Radisson Plaza Hotel 816 Main Street Ft. Worth, Texas

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Keynote Presentation: Improving the Health of Children and Adults by Preventing Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Jose Cordero, M.D., M.P.H., Director, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

  • Identify the key components of CDC’s new Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.
  • Characterize the impact of birth defects on Americans.

Folic Acid and Texas Women: Update. Mark Canfield, Ph.D. Director, Texas Birth Defects Monitoring Division

  • State the percentage of Texas women of childbearing age who supplement daily with folic acid, as recommended.
  • Characterize the importance of advice from health care providers on folic acid supplementation.  

Overview of Services for Children with Birth Defects in Texas Describe state and federal government programs available to families whose children are affected by birth defects (CSHCN, ECI, etc). Martha Jarmon, LMSW-ACP, B.C.D. Becky Ghose, M.P.H. Texas Scottish Rite Hospital

  • Name factors that can act as barriers to families receiving needed services.
  • Give examples of private or nonprofit resources available to these parents and their children

Using Birth Defects Registry Data for Service Delivery Planning. Susan Panny, M.D., Office for Genetics and Children with Special Health Care Needs Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

  • Give one example of a service provider who used information about the rates of birth defects for planning.
  • Explain the limitations of birth defects data for service delivery planning

Prenatal Diagnosis and Service Delivery Considerations. Bannie Tabor, M.D., Obstetrix Medical Group, Ft. Worth

  • List 3 possible options given to parents upon receiving a prenatal diagnosis of a birth defect.
  • Give 3 examples of how a prenatal diagnosis can guide the delivery process and improve the outcome of a baby born with a birth defect.  
Down Syndrome: Clinical Aspects, Epidemiology, and Outcomes. Panel: Mary Kukolich, M.D., Cook Children's Hospital; Matt Forrester, B.S., TBDMD; Jan Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia
  • Name 5 clinical features of children born Down syndrome.
  • Name 3 known factors or patterns associated with Down syndrome.
  • Give an example of a racial disparity in the outcome of people with Down syndrome and name two factors that might account for such disparities.

Clusters and the Community. Peter Langlois, Ph.D. , Texas Birth Defects Monitoring Division.

  • Describe one cluster investigation conducted in Texas.
  • List the steps involved in establishing whether higher-than-expected rates of birth defects have occurred in an area of interest.   

The Economic Impact of Birth Defects. Norman Waitzman, Ph.D., University of Utah

  • Define cost-illness methodology, including the distinctions between direct medical costs, indirect medical costs, and indirect costs
  • State which birth defect has the highest lifetime medical costs.

Craniofacial Clefting: Sorting out a complex disorder. Jacqueline Hecht, Ph.D., Texas Shriners' Hospital

  • Understand the genetic epidemiology of NSCLP.
  • Understand how genetic studies identify the genetic loci causing complex disorders
  • Understand how genetic factors and possible environmental factors contribute to the development of NSCLP.

Disclosure Statement: No speakers at this conference disclosed any potential or actual conflicts of interest in relationship to their presentation

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