The Arkansas Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention is one of 10 centers across the nation funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the overall goal to understand the causes of birth defects. The Arkansas Center has an impressive history of conducting population-based birth defects surveillance and multicenter research for over 20 years. That research includes the two multicenter, case-control studies—the National Birth Defects Prevention Study (NBDPS) and the Birth Defects Study To Evaluate Pregnancy ExposureS (BD-STEPS I)—both of which had their populations enrolled from the state’s population-based birth defects registry, the Arkansas Reproductive Health Monitoring System (ARHMS).

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MISSION

The Arkansas Center’s Mission is to reduce the occurrence of birth defects and their long-term physical, social, and economic impact in Arkansas and the United States through innovative research, training, prevention and community partnerships.

Arkansas Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention
501-364-5000
ACH.ARCenter@uams.edu