Fourth International Conference on Birth Defects & Disabilities in the Developing World

Sunday, October 4, 2009- Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Location: New Delhi, India

This conference will bring together the various stakeholders- health professionals, social workers, patient/parent organizations, young volunteers, administrators, policy makers and the public health community. It will cover many aspects of birth defects such as surveillance programs and registries; major risk and preventive factors; individual and community-level prevention strategies, including micronutrient fortification and immunization programs and preconception health and healthcare; care and counseling of common birth defects and genetic disorders; rehabilitation and rights of the disabled and legal frameworks for their protection.

There will be non-competing plenary sessions that will present the important advances and successful models of care and prevention in this field. These will be followed by symposia, workshops and free paper sessions. "Meet the Experts" sessions addressing such topics as neural tube defects, oral facial clefts, hemoglobinopathies, muscular dystrophy, hemophilia, mental retardation, cerebral palsy and autism will be organized by the interested parties and presented prior to the Conference.

This International Conference is sponsored by the March of Dimes, NY, USA; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA; and the National Institute of Health, and has the active support of Ministries of Health, Social Welfare, Science and Technology, and Biotechnology of the Government of India and the Indian Council of Medical Research.

For questions regarding the conference, please contact Dr. I.C. Verma.

For more information, visit the conference site or download the conference brochure.