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Iowa Center Receives CDC Award to Expand Birth Defect Research

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has selected the University of Iowa (UI) to receive one of six grant awards to identify modifiable maternal exposures in early pregnancy that may increase the risk of major birth defects. Each grant recipient will receive an estimated $3.5 million over the five-year project period. Among the goals of the project are conducting comprehensive ascertainment of common, severe major birth defects; identifying associations with environmental exposures and genetic factors; and expanding a training program to develop the future generation of birth defect researchers.