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Scientific and Community Forum on Neural Tube Defects (NTDs) in South Texas

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April 8 and 9, 1997, Brownsville, Texas

 

Purpose: To exchange information between Texas researchers and citizens on neural tube defects (NTDs), and to provide an update on NTD-related research studies in South TexasDate: April 8 and 9, 1997

Place: Four Points by Sheraton, 3777 N. Expressway, Brownsville, Texas

Sponsors:

  • Scientific Advisory Committee on Birth Defects in Texas
  • Texas Birth Defects Monitoring Division, Bureau of Epidemiology, Texas Dept. of Health
  • Texas Birth Defects Research Center *
  • Texas Neural Tube Defect Project, Texas Department of Health *
  • Texas Department of Health, Region 11
  • Texas Genetics Network (TEXGENE)
  • March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
  • Texas Health Foundation

* Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Day 1: Tuesday, April 8, 1997

Overview of Neural Tube Defects Moderator: Celia Kaye, M.D., Ph.D.

 

Time Presenter Agency/Organization Topic
8:00 -

8:30 am

Celia Kaye, M.D., Ph.D.

Leo Vela, M.D., M.P.H.

Carlos Rubinstein

Scientific Advisory Committee on Birth Defects in Texas

Texas Dept. of Health, Reg. 11

City Manager, Brownsville

Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:30 -

9:00 am

Rick Finnell, Ph.D. Birth Defects Research Laboratory, Texas A & M University, College Station Genetics and Neural Tube Defects
9:00 -

9:30 am

Lowell Sever, Ph.D. Battelle Centers for Public Health Research and Evaluation,

Seattle, WA

The Environment

and Neural Tube Defects

9:30 -

10:00 am

BREAK
10:00 -

10:30 am

J. David Erickson, D.D.S., Ph.D. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA Folic Acid and Neural Tube Defects
10:30 - 11:00 am Mark Canfield, Ph.D. Texas Birth Defects Monitoring Division, Texas Dept. of Health Hispanics and Neural Tube Defects
11:00 -

11:30 am

Kim Waller, Ph.D. The University of Texas

School of Public Health, Houston

Obesity, Diabetes and

Neural Tube Defects

11:30 am-

1:00 pm

LUNCH (on your own)

 

Surveillance and Prevalence of Neural Tube Defects: Selected Studies

Moderator: Rick Finnell, Ph.D.

 

Time Presenter Agency/Organization Topic
1:00 -

1:30 pm

Judy Henry, M.S.,

Ph.D. Candidate

Health Studies Program,

Texas Department of Health

Anencephaly and Spina Bifida Rates in Cameron and Hidalgo Counties, 1980-92
1:30 -

2:00 pm

Russ Larsen, Ph.D., M.P.H. Texas Neural Tube Defect Project, Texas Department of Health Surveillance of Anencephaly and Spina Bifida in Texas Counties Bordering Mexico, 1993-96
2:00 -

2:30 pm

Gregg Wilkinson, Ph.D. Department of Preventive Medicine, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston Neural Tube Defect Rates in South Texas
2:30 -

3:00 pm

Gerardo Flores Sanchez,

M.D.

State Epidemiologist,

Tamaulipas, Mexico

Epidemiologic Study of Anencephaly in Tamaulipas, Mexico
3:00 -

3:30 pm

BREAK
3:30 -

4:00 pm

Peter Langlois, Ph.D. Texas Birth Defects Monitoring Division, Texas Dept. of Health Initial Results from the Texas Birth Defects Registry, with Emphasis on Neural Tube Defects and South Texas, 1995

 

Neural Tube Defects, the Environment, and the Community

Moderators: Lowell Sever, Ph.D. and Stan Fisch, M.D.

 

Time Presenter Agency/Organization Topic
4:00 -

4:30 pm

Shaibal Mukerjee, Ph.D. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina Exposure Monitoring Efforts on the Texas-Mexico Border
4:30 -

5:00 pm

R.J. Dutton, Ph.D. Border Health Office, Texas Department of Health An Environmental Health Survey of the Texas-Mexico Border
5:00 -

5:30 pm

K.C. Donnelly, Ph.D. Department of Veterinary Anatomy and Public Health, Texas A & M University Environmental Monitoring in South Texas
5:30 -

7:00 pm

DINNER (on your own)
7:00 -

9:00 pm

To be announced

Panel:

Oscar Ramirez, Ph.D.

Marie Remmert, M.S.,

D.A.B.T.

Ambrose Charles, Ph.D.

To be announced

U.S. Environmental Protection

Agency

Texas Natural Resources

Conservation Commission

Texas Department of Agriculture

Community Presentations

Community Forum:

Questions and Answers Regarding Environmental Issues and Birth Defects in South Texas, with Emphasis on Water Quality, Air Quality, and Pesticides

 

Day 2: Wednesday, April 9, 1997

Selected Research Studies

Moderator: Mark Canfield, Ph.D.

Time Presenter Agency/Organization Topic
8:00 -

8:30 am

Carlos Alvarez Lucas, M.D. Bureau of Epidemiology, SSA,

Mexico City, Mexico

Anencephaly Surveillance System in Mexico
8:30 -

9:00 am

Oralia Villafranca, R.N. Texas Neural Tube Defect Project, Texas Department of Health Intervention Study to Decrease the Recurrence of NTDs in Texas Counties Bordering Mexico: Preliminary Data from 1993-96.
9:00 -

9:30 am

Claire Heiser, M.S.

R. Sue McPherson, Ph.D.

Bureau of Clinical and Nutrition Services, Texas Dept. of Health

The University of Texas

School of Public Health, Houston

Folic Acid and the Border Diet: Data Collection Methods and Results
9:30 - 10:00 am BREAK
10:00 -

10:30 am

Irina Cech, Ph.D. The University of Texas

School of Public Health, Houston

Results of Pilot Study and Current Research Interests Regarding Anencephaly in Texas Border Counties
10:30 - 11:00 am Kate Hendricks, M.D., M.P.H. & T.M. Texas Neural Tube Defect Project, Texas Department of Health Case-Control Study of NTDs in Texas Border Counties: Research Questions and Study Progress
11:00 -

11:30 am

Russ Larsen, Ph.D., M.P.H. Texas Neural Tube Defect Project, Texas Dept. of Health Planned Binational Collaborative Studies between Neighboring Cities and States on Both Sides of the Border
11:30 -

12:00 pm

Rick Finnell, Ph.D.

Leo Vela, M.D., M.P.H.

Scientific Advisory Committee on Birth Defects in Texas

Texas Dept. of Health Region 11

Closing Remarks and Adjournme
Last updated March 24, 2010