Links to websites of groups that study or provide information about congenital anomalies.
For NICHD information on specific conditions, see the A to Z topic list. Condition-specific resources are also available through the topics on specific conditions.
- The Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) Information for Families page offers links to resources for support and information, both about congenital anomalies in general and about specific conditions.
- Medline Plus: Birth Defects offers general information on congenital anomalies; recommendations on how to prevent, detect, and live with congenital anomalies; and specific information on a range of medical conditions present at birth.
- Medline Plus: Chorionic Villus Sampling explains what this procedure is, why it's used, what to expect if undergoing this procedure, and its risks and benefits.
- CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities offers information on a variety of birth defects, including information on prevention, treatment, and detection.
- In this video presentation created for the general public, The Role of Research in Understanding, Preventing, and Treating Birth Defects, former NICHD Director Alan Guttmacher, M.D., discusses research successes in preventing neural tube defects as well as the role of model organisms, systems biology, and genomics in understanding, preventing, and treating congenital anomalies.
- On its website, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association provides information explaining communication disorders, which include disorders of speech, language, and hearing.
- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' frequently asked questions on prenatal genetic screening gives an overview of the types of screening available and the conditions that health care providers look for.
- The National Birth Defect Registry collects information on individuals with structural and functional congenital anomalies as well as on their parents' health, genetics, and exposures. Information from the registry has helped to identify patterns of congenital anomalies among children of veterans and children living in communities with toxic exposures.
- The NIH Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center provides a range of information on various rare diseases, including condition information, information on ongoing research, and a database of patient advocacy groups.
- Cerebral Palsy Research Network
CP Research Network focuses on optimizing the lifelong health and wellness of people with CP and their families through high-quality research, education, and community programming
Please note: Links to organizations and information included on this page do not indicate endorsement from NICHD, NIH, or HHS.
- NICHD's Developmental Biology and Congenital Anomalies Branch (DBCAB) led the NIH-wide Structural Birth Defects Working Group, which included extramural program officials from NIH components whose missions included 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.
- Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program
Integrated data resource to explore whether shared genetic pathways may contribute to both structural birth defects and cancer.
- Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program
- DBCAB also coordinates the Birth Defects Initiative, which promotes collaboration among NIH-funded investigators whose research spans basic, translational, and clinical approaches to understanding the developmental biology and genetics of structural congenital anomalies.
- The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (EKS-IDDRCs), supported by the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Branch, support researchers whose goals are to advance understanding of a variety of conditions and topics related to IDDs.
- NICHD funds three Fragile X Syndrome Research Centers. These centers are geared toward stimulating multidisciplinary, multi-institutional research and translating basic research findings into clinical practice.
- NICHD supports the Newborn Screening Translational Research Network . The network is developing a system for clinics and other screening providers to collect long-term follow-up and outcome data for use in research on phenylketonuria and other disorders.
- The Birth Defects Research Group, supported by the Division of Population Health Research, is a multicenter, multidisciplinary group led by NICHD to investigate the etiology of congenital anomalies, particularly neural tube defects.
- FRAXA Research Foundation is an organization that supports researchers investigating causes, treatments, and preventative methods for Fragile X syndrome. Its website includes information about research grants and research resources .
- The National Birth Defects Prevention Network is a volunteer organization that maintains a national network of state and population-based congenital anomaly programs. Members include public health officials, epidemiologists, academics, parents, and others committed to understanding factors that may lead to congenital anomalies, identifying strategies for reducing congenital anomalies, and working to prevent potential secondary disabilities.
- The March of Dimes funds research on prematurity, congenital anomalies, and infant health. Its website contains information on research grants and training on these topics. The March of Dimes resources for health care professionals include patient resources, medical guidance and references, and educational opportunities relevant to congenital anomalies.
- The Jackson Laboratory maintains and distributes animal models for research on neural tube defects.
- The Muscular Dystrophy Association provides a variety of resources for researchers, including research grant programs, conferences, training opportunities, and others.
- The Down Syndrome Consortium is a public–private collaboration that provides a forum for the exchange of information on biomedical and biobehavioral research on the syndrome. Visit About the Consortium to learn more about the consortium and its members.
- The University of Maryland Brain and Tissue Bank (formerly the NICHD Brain and Tissue Bank for Developmental Disorders) systematically collects, stores, and distributes brain and other tissues for research dedicated to the improved understanding, care, and treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders.
- The Spina Bifida Association offers research grants and awards for investigators whose work is relevant to this disorder.
- CDC's Birth Defects webpage provides information for health care providers and researchers related to congenital anomalies, including links to data, research information, and scientific articles on congenital anomalies as well as patient resources.
- The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is an organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs, including the NICHD-funded EKS-IDDRCs. The AUCD provides technical assistance, communication support, advocacy, and other assistance to researchers and professionals involved in the organization.