October 10, 2008
The Texas Department of State Health Services is hosting a daylong symposium on birth defects in Texas, with an emphasis on patterns and prevalence, emerging risk factors and oral clefts.
The Texas Birth Defects Research Symposium will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Oct. 17 at Merket Alumni Center, Texas Tech University, 17th Street and University Avenue, Lubbock.
Presentations will explore birth defect causes and trends. Discussions will include whether birth defects can be linked to specific factors, such as contraceptive use, diabetes and obesity, military service, fish consumption, and proximity to genetics clinics and environmental hazards.
The event is open to public health professionals, clinicians, researchers or anyone with an interest in birth defects.
Registration is free. Deadline is Oct. 14. For more information or to register, go to www.regonline.com/TX_BD2008 or call (512) 458-7232 ext. 2814.
This biennial event is co-hosted by the March of Dimes.
(News Media: For more information contact Carrie Williams, Assistant Press Officer, 512-458-7400.)