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Developing an Interdisciplinary Research Agenda for Genetics of Birth Defects

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January 22, 2014


Developmental Biology and Structural Variation Branch (DBSVB), Division of Extramural Research (DER), NICHD; National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research; National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; Office of Rare Disease Research, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences


Washington Dulles Airport Marriott, 45020 Aviation Drive, Dulles, VA 20166


The meeting has been structured to optimize productive and engaging interactions between scientists with multiple point–counterpoint formal discussions on four relevant topical questions:

  • How informative are experimental model systems for understanding human birth defect etiologies?
  • How informative are experimental model systems for understanding human birth defect etiologies?
  • How valuable will the investigation of epigenomics be toward understanding the etiologies of human birth defects?
  • Are epidemiological approaches suitable for answering pertinent questions involving risk/preventive factors for human birth defects?

Leading scientists from manifold disciplines including molecular biology, genetics, epidemiology, teratology, pediatrics, and obstetrics will participate.

The outcome of this meeting will be a comprehensive "white paper" that will characterize the discussions and provide a detailed prospectus for new research trajectories that can be broadly distributed.

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Dr. Lorette Javois, DBSVB, DER, NICHD
Phone: 301-496-5541
Email:  ​​

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