Neural Tube Defects (NTDs): NICHD Research Goals

Neural tube defects can be severely disabling. The NICHD research profile on neural tube defects, including spina bifida, integrates extensive intramural and extramural programs to advance treatment, provide effective support and rehabilitation, and investigate possible avenues for prevention. The focal points of this research include:

  • Studying the genetic causes of neural tube defects
  • Improving prenatal diagnosis and treatment
  • Defining developmental effects
  • Assessing interventions to support robust motor development, learning capacity, and social integration
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