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Relevant Areas of Expertise and Interest

alphabetical order

John Belmont, M.D., Ph.D

  • Heart Defect Working Group, National Birth Defects Prevention Study

     
  • Clinical genetics and classification of cardiovascular birth defects
     
  • Metabolic disorders
     

 

Director of Clinical Genetics Program and Associate Professor

Baylor College of Medicine
Dept. of Molecular Human Genetics & Pediatrics
One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX  77030
Phone: 713-798-4634

Molly S. Bray, Ph.D.

  • Molecular and genetic basis of obesity
  • Genetic analysis of complex traits
  • Gene-environment interaction
  • Physical activity/exercise physiology
  • Adipogenesis
  • Genetics of response to obesity interventions

 

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Children's Nutrition Research Center
1100 Bates, Suite 8070
Houston, TX   77030
Office: 713-798-9311

Jean Brender, Ph.D.
  • Paternal and maternal occupation and birth defects
  • Environmental exposures and birth defects

Associate Professor

Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Mail Stop 1266
3000 Briarcrest Drive
Bryan, TX 77802
Phone: 979-862-1573

  • Texas Co-Principal Investigator and Co-Chair, Neural Tube Defect Work Group, National Birth Defects Prevention Study
  • Epidemiology of neural tube defects in Hispanics and in Texas
  • Population-based risk factor surveys of women of childbearing age
  • Folic acid and the prevention of birth defects
  • Newborn screening disorders
  • Outcomes of children with selected birth defects
  • Descriptive studies and epidemiologic methods
Manager

Birth Defects Epidemiology & Surveillance Branch
Texas Department of State Health Services
1100 W. 49th Street
Austin TX 78756
Phone: 512-458-7232 ext: 6158

Susan Carozza, Ph.D.

  • Etiology of childhood cancers-focus on environmental risk factors and gene-environment interactions
  • Use of GIS methodology for environmental exposure assessment
  • Management of storage and retrieval system for DSHS neonatal blood spots

 

Associate Professor

Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
School of Rural Public Health
TAMUS Health Science Center
3000 Briarcrest Dr., Suite 310
Bryan, TX 77802
Phone:979-845-2387
Fax: 979-458-1877

  • Folic acid knowledge and cereal consumption behavior
  • Preconception care
  • Public awareness of birth defects causes
  • Linking birth defects data and service planning

 

Program Specialist

Birth Defects Epidemiology & Surveillance Branch
Texas Department of State Health Services
1100 W. 49th Street
Austin TX 78756
Phone: 512-458-7232 ext: 2814

 

Kirby C. Donnelly, Ph.D.

  • Exposure and Risk Assessment of Complex Environmental Mixtures

 

Professor & Department Head

Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health
Department of Environmental & Occupational Health TAMU Health Science Center
Mail Stop 1266, Room 101, Bldg A
College Station , TX 77843
Phone: 979-845-7956

James Dyer, Ph.D

  • Texas Implementation Team Leader, National Birth Defects Prevention Study
  • Computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)
  • Survey research and sampling methodology
  • Tracking, tracing, locating, and enrolling study subjects
  • Participation rate and statistical analysis

 

Study Director and Professor

Texas A&M University Public Policy Research Institute
Dulie Bell Bldg. Room 309-H
College Station, TX  77843-4476
Toll-free:  1-800-338-0119
Phone: 979-845-1025

  • Maternal aclohol use during pregnancy
  • Mortality of children with birth defects
  • Epidemiology of birth dfects in Texas
  • Surveillance of birth defects through prenatal diagnosis facilities

 

Epidemiology

Birth Defects Epidemiology & Surveillance Branch
Texas Department of State Health Services
1100 W. 49th Street
Austin TX 78756
Phone: 512-458-7232 ext: 2052
Fax: 512-458-7330

Richard Finnell, Ph.D.

  • Texas Molecular Geneticist and Member, Neural Tube Defects Work Group, National Birth Defects Prevention Study
  • Genetic susceptibility to complex birth defects
  • Candidate genes related to folic acid metabolism and transport
  • Gene-environment interaction studies
  • Medical genetics and genetic counsling
  • Mouse models of human genetic disorders

 

Regents Professor and Director

Institute of Biosciences and Technology
Texas A&M University System Health Science Center
2121 West Holcombe Street
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-677-7777

David Fixler, M.D.

  • Pediatric cardiology
  • Clustering of congenital heart defects in space/time
  • Environmental causes of heart defects
  • Outcome of congenital cardiac defects over the first 2-5 years of life, using the birth defects registry and state death registry.

 

Cardiologist

Children's Medical Center
1935 Motor St.
Dallas, TX 75235
Phone: 214-456-2339

 

Michael S. Gallaway, MPH

  • Outcomes associated with maternal obesity
  • Veteran population: CVD risk factors; and behavioral outcomes associated with PTSD

 

Research Assistant

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health
1200 Herman Pressler Street E-627 Houston, TX   77030
Phone: 713-500-9166
Fax: 713-500-9149

Jacqueline Hecht, Ph.D

  • Member, Orofacial Cleft Work Group, National Birth Defects Prevention Study
  • Medical genetics and genetic counseling
  • Natural history/outcome studies of skeletal dysplasia
  • Genetics and  epidemiology studies of orofacial clefts
  • Epidemiology and genetic study of  clubfoot

 

Professor of Pediatrics

University of Texas Medical School at Houston
6431 Fannin Drive, MSB 3.136
Houston, TX  77030
Phone: 713-500-5763

John C. Huber Jr., Ph.D.

  • Genetic Epidemiology
  • Longitudinal/Multilevel Data Analysis
  • Categorical Data Analysis

 

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health
Texas A&M Health Science Center
218 SRPH Administration Bldg.
College Station , TX 77843-1266
Phone: (979) 862-3432

Shawn Kruse

  • Database Manager, National Birth Defects Prevention Study

 

Database Administrator

Texas A&M University Public Policy Research Institute
Dulie Bell Bldg. Room 309-H
College Station, TX  77843-4476
Toll-free:  1-800-338-0119
Phone: 979-845-0233

  • Co-Principal Investigator, Texas Center
  • Data Sharing Committee, National Birth Defects Prevention Study,
  • Chair, Environmental/ Occupational Work Group
  • Environmental epidemiology and birth defects
  • Gene-environment interactions

 

Senior Epidemiologist

Birth Defects Epidemiology & Surveillance Branch
Texas Department of State Health Services
1100 W. 49th Street
Austin TX 78756
512-458-7232 ext: 6183

  • Texas Study Grant Administrator, National Birth Defects Prevention Study
  • Management of research projects, grants, and contracts
  • Geographic investigation of birth defects
  • Socio-cultural aspects of birth defects
  • Spatial analysis

 

Research Specialist

Texas Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention
Texas Department of State Health Services
1100 W. 49th Street
Austin TX 78756
Toll Free:  1-888-844-4633
Phone: 512-458-7111 ext: 2004

  • Holoprosencephaly and medication use

 

Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) Coordinator

Office of Title V and Family Health
Texas Department of State Health Service
1100 West 49th Street M-342
Austin , Texas 78756
Phone: 512-458-7111 ext.2935

Laura Mitchell, Ph.D.

  • Genetic epidemiology of structural malformations
  • Evaluation of maternal genetic effects as risk factors for human birth defects
  • Genetic epidemiological methods

 

Associate Professor

Texas A&M University Sytem Health Science Center, Institute of Biosciences & Technology, Center For Environmental and Genetic Medicine
2121 West Holcombe Street
Houston, Texas 77030
Phone: 713-677-7582

Manju Monga, M.D.

  • Maternal and fetal medicine
  • Obstetrics & gynecology

 

Berel Held Professor & Director, Division of Maternal Medicine, University of Texas Medical School at Houston

6431 Fannin, Suite 3.036
Houston , Texas 77030
Phone: (713) 500-6423

 Alicia Novoa

  • Texas Operations Manager, National Birth Defects Prevention Study
  • Maintain all related personnel on tas.
  • Act in the capacity of liaison between PPRI and DSHS personnel

 

Project Manager

Public Policy Research Institute
Dulie Bell Bldg. Room 309-H
College Station, TX  77843-4476
Toll-free:  1-800-338-0119
Phone: 979-862-1891

J.R. Nuckols, Ph.D

  • Exposure assessment for epidemiological studies
  • Fate/transport modeling of contaminants
  • Environmental engineering
  • Hydrology

 

Director and Associate Professor

Environmental Health Advanced Systems Laboratory
Colorado State University  
Department of Environmental Health
Ft. Collins, CO 80523-1676
Phone: 970-491-7295

  • Data Analyst, TCBDRP
  • Data reliability and validity
  • Statistical analysis principles and procedures 
  • Caffeine and dietary trends
  • Medications

 

Epidemiologist

Texas Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention
Texas Department of State Health Services
1100 W. 49th Street
Austin TX 78756
Toll Free: 1-888-844-4633
Phone: 512-458-7111 ext: 6381

Angela Scheuerle, M.D.

  • Texas Clinical Geneticist, National Birth Defects Prevention Study
  • Teratology and dysmorphology
  • Consanguinity and birth defects
  • Medical ethics

 

Clinical Reviewer
Director, Tesserae Genetics

9702 Vinewood Drive
Dallas, TX 75228
Phone: 214-327-1696
Fax: 972-566-2024

Andrea Sesock, B.S.

  • Texas CATI Supervisor, National Birth Defects Prevention Study

 

Project Supervisor

Texas A&M University Public Policy Research Institute 335 H.C. Dulie Bell Bldg. Room 309-H
College Station, TX  77843-4476
Toll-free: 1-800-338-0119
Phone: 979-845-8800

Lucina Suarez, Ph.D.

  • NTDs and nutritional risk factors in Mexican Americans
  • Epidemiologic and statistical methods
  • Survey methods

 

Manager

Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit Texas Department of State Health Services 1100 W.49 th Street
Mail Code 1964, T-711
Austin TX 78756
Phone: 512-458-7381
Fax: 512-458-7689

 

  • Field Surveillance Techniques and Systems
  • Record Management
  • Planning and Coordination of Field Activities
  • Neural Tube Defects
  • Environmental Exposures and NTD’s
  • Direct intervention NTD recurrence activities
  • Special investigations and case studies (i.e.NTD’s, intussusception, heart defects)

 

Regional Supervisor

Birth Defects Epidemiology & Surveillance Branch
Texas Department of State Health Services
601 W. Sesame Drive
Harlingen , TX 78550
Phone: 956-444-3262

Jim Vanbeek, M.S.

  • Texas Database Manager, National Birth Defects Prevention Study
  • Database Management & web application development

 

Senior IT Manager

Texas A&M University Public Policy Research Institute
335 H.C. Dulie Bell Bldg. Room 329
College Station, TX  77843-4476
Toll-free: 1-800-338-0119
Phone: 979-845-9377

Dorothy (Kim) Waller, Ph.D.

  • Texas Epidemiologist and, Data Analyst, National Birth Defects Prevention Study
  • Glycemic control and birth defects (obesity, diabetes, dieting behavior)
  • Epidemiology of: malformations of the central nervous system, congenital diaphragmatic hernia & congenital hypothyroidism
  • Prenatal diagnosis of birth defects

 

Associate Professor of Epidemiology

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health
1200 Herman Pressler Street Houston, TX   77030
Phone: 713-500-9155

Benjamin Zhan, Ph.D.

  • Geographic Information Science
  • Spatial analysis
  • Environment and human health
  • Transportation

 

Professor and Director

Texas Center for Geographic Information Science (TXGISc)
Department of Geography
Southwest Texas State University
San Marcos, TX 78666
http://www.txstate.edu/~fz01

Huiping Zhu, Ph.D.

  • Texas Coordinator for processing of biologic specimens, National Birth Defects Prevention Study
  • Laboratory analyses of genetic markers and risk for selected birth defects

 

Assistant Research Scientist

Center for Environmental and Genetic Medicine
Institute of Biosciences and Technology
Texas A&M University System Health Science Center
2121 West Holcombe Street
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-677-7746

 

Relevant Areas of Expertise and Interest

 

 

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