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Global Prevention of Neural Tube Defects

Pregnant woman eating cereal

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Neural tube defects are serious birth defects of the brain and spine. They are a major cause of death and lifelong disability worldwide. Up to 85 percent of neural tube defects can be prevented if women consume enough folic acid before and during early pregnancy. But worldwide only 15 percent of neural tube defects are prevented.

Join us for this session of Public Health Grand Rounds as experts discuss how fortifying grains with folic acid could prevent these defects. Hear about the challenges and opportunities for these efforts.

CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds Presents:

“Global Prevention of Neural Tube Defects”
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
Global Communications Center (Building 19)
Alexander D. Langmuir Auditorium
Roybal Campus

Continuing Education

This session is available for Continuing Education. Select Public Health Grand Rounds Continuing Education for more information

Presented By:

Krista Crider, PhD
Prevention Research and Translation Branch
Division of Congenital and Developmental Disorders
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
“Birth Defects COUNT Global Initiative”

Scott Montgomery
Food Fortification Initiative (FFI)
Fortifying Grains with Folic Acid to Prevent Neural Tube Defects: Success and Opportunities”

Erin Smith, MPH
Country Director
Helen Keller International, Tanzania
“Maize Fortification with Small and Medium Scale Processors in Tanzania”

Neena Raina, PhD
Health through the Life Course
South-East Asia Regional Office for WHO (WHO-SEARO)
“Birth Defects Surveillance and Prevention in South-East Asia: A Way Forward”

Facilitated By:

John Iskander, MD, MPH, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Susan Laird, MSN, RN, Communications Director, Public Health Grand Rounds

  • Page last reviewed: October 20, 2017
  • Page last updated: October 20, 2017
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