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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.

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

Beyond the Data

Dr. Phoebe Thorpe and Scott Montgomery discuss the benefits and challenges of fortifying grains with folic acid around the world.

Presented By

Krista S. Crider, PhD
Geneticist, Prevention Research and Translation Branch,
Division of Congenital and Developmental Disorders

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC
"Prevention of Neural Tube Defects"
Scott J. Montgomery, BS
Director
Food Fortification Initiative
"Fortifying Grains with Folic Acid to Prevent Neural Tube Defects: Successes and Opportunities"
Erin Smith, MPH
Country Director
Helen Keller International Tanzania
"Maize Fortification with Small- and Medium-scale Processors in Tanzania"
Neena Raina, PhD
Coordinator, Health through the Life Course,
South-East Asia Regional Office

World Health Organization
"Birth Defects Surveillance and Prevention in South-East Asia: Lessons Learnt and Way Forward"

Facilitated By

John Iskander, MD, MPH
Scientific Director
Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH
Deputy Scientific Director
Susan Laird, MSN, RN
Communications Director

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Continuing Education

This session is available for Continuing Education (CE). Register here using the course information below.

CDC Course Code: PHGR10
CPE UAN (enduring): 0387-0000-17-024-H04-P

For more information, see Grand Rounds Continuing Education.

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  • Page last reviewed: February 28, 2018
  • Page last updated: February 28, 2018
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