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  HHS: Birth Defects Study to Evaluate Pregnancy ExposureS (BD-STEPS)RFA-DD-13-003

The purpose of this FOA is to identify modifiable maternal exposures in early pregnancy that may increase the risk for having a pregnancy affected by certain major, structural birth defects. Grantees will use data from existing birth defects surveillance systems to identify children with the 17 birth defects categories. Mothers of these case infants and mothers of randomly selected live born control infants will be contacted and invited to participate in a maternal interview covering multiple topics, with a focus on the key areas of
- diabetes, obesity, and physical activity;
- other chronic maternal medical conditions;
- infertility; and
- medication use.

USC may only submit one application in response to this program announcement. Your application submission MUST be coordinated with the Office of the Vice President for Research. Please send a two page abstract via email to Richard White ( by January 4, 2013. In addition to the 2-page abstract, you should also submit a biosketch for the PI.

HHS indicates that a letter of intent is NOT REQUIRED and a full proposal is due by Feb 01, 2013. For more information:
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