Trans-NIH Structural Birth Defects Working Group (SBDWG)

The Trans-NIH SBDWG brings together extramural program officials from NIH components whose missions include research into structural birth defects, with the ultimate goal of facilitating advances in our understanding of the etiology, mechanisms, epidemiology, prevention, and treatment of structural birth defects.

The Working Group, coordinated by the NICHD through the Developmental Biology and Structural Variations Branch (DBSVB), aims to:

  • Leverage existing scientific resources by enhancing communication between representatives of networks, consortia, and groups.
  • Explore collaborations and activities that will advance research efforts through a coordinated effort.
  • Optimize investments in research to maximize the impact of future funding.
  • Liaise with other federal agencies (e.g., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), organizations (e.g., March of Dimes), and societies (e.g., Teratology Society, Society for Developmental Biology) with an interest in birth defects research.

For more information about the Working Group, its members, and its activities, select a link below.

For more information on the Trans-NIH SBDWG, please contact Reiko Toyama.