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John Harris, MD, MPH
Program Chief (since inception)

bullet Descriptive epidemiology: rates, trends, demographics
bullet Birth defects surveillance
bullet Economic and public health impact of birth defects
bullet Biologic testing of blood specimens for genetic, metabolic, nutritional, infectious, lifestyle, and chemical risk factors


Gary Shaw, DrPH
Research Director/Senior Epidemiologist

bullet Gene-environment interactions
bullet Gene-nutrient interactions with emphasis on folate-related genes
bullet Genetic and other risk factors for mental retardation
bullet Biologic testing approaches to document exposures to environmental toxins/metals
bullet Neural tube defects, oral clefts, conotruncal heart defects
bullet Biologic testing of blood specimens for genetic, metabolic, nutritional, infectious, lifestyle, and chemical risk factors


Suzan Carmichael, PhD
Epidemiologist

bullet Nutrition and birth defects
bullet Socioeconomic and psychosocial factors as possible risk factors
bullet Gene-environment interactions
bullet Brain, face, heart and limb defects, and hypospadias
bullet Biologic testing of blood specimens for genetic, metabolic, nutritional, infectious, lifestyle, and chemical risk factors



Dr. John Harris testifies before the US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Subcommittee on Public Health; March 2002.


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