Information for Health Professionals
This section of our website has information for health professionals, including key findings and ways to incorporate family history information into your practice.
Learn about some of the key findings from pediatric genetics research at CDC.
Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Defects
Learn more about how newborn screening using pulse oximetry can identify some infants with critical congenital heart defects.
Using Family History Information in Pediatric Primary Care and Public Health
Family history is an important risk factor for both single-gene disorders and complex common diseases for which genetic causes are poorly understood. Family history information identifies not only shared genetic risks but also shared environmental, behavioral, and cultural factors that can affect risk.
In 2006, CDC convened a workgroup to explore the use of family history information in pediatric primary care and public health. The goals were to assess the current uses of family history information in pediatric settings and to evaluate conditions that could serve as models for using this information in pediatric settings.
We have provided links to the relevant articles, article summaries, and strategies for health professionals.
Data & Statistics
Find data and statistics related to pediatric genetics at CDC, including information on newborn screening and prenatal genetic testing.
Research & Tracking
Find a summary of CDC research in pediatric genetics, including newborn screening, family history, and birth defects studies.
Read CDC’s latest scientific articles on pediatric genetics topics.
Pediatric Genetics Training
The following training program is relevant to pediatric genetics at CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333
TTY: (888) 232-6348
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