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Assessment of neural tube defects among newborns in Uganda: A study of prevalence, risk factors, and the role of gene-environmental interactions (NTDs in Uganda)

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Funding Fogarty Program

Global Brain Disorders Research

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Assessment of neural tube defects among newborns in Uganda: A study of prevalence, risk factors, and the role of gene-environmental interactions (NTDs in Uganda)

Principal Institution

Duke University

Principal Investigator(s) (PI)

Fuller, Anthony

Project Contact Information

Email: anthony.fuller@duke.edu

Year(s) Awarded

2022–2024

Country

Uganda

Project Description

Birth defects impact every organ system with the most common being congenital heart defects closely followed by neural tube defects (NTDs). NTDs are defined as the group of birth defects that impact either the brain or spine and are caused by the improper closure of the embryonic neural tube. The main objective of the study is to determine the association between relevant risk factors and NTDs, and their influence on the reported genes and receptors. Findings from this study will help inform NTDs management practices and policies in Uganda and set the stage for future NTDs prevention and intervention studies.

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