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Release: Jan. 9, 2001

UI Hospitals and Clinics exhibit raises awareness about birth defects

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Each year approximately 1,600 babies are born in Iowa with birth defects, which are the leading cause of infant mortality. To raise awareness about birth defects, University of Iowa Health Care presents an exhibit this week in the main lobby of the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

The exhibit, on display through Jan. 12, features information on ways to help prevent birth defects, photos of human chromosomes, genetic educational information, and materials about programs and clinics dedicated to education, research and patient care for children with birth defects.

Departments and organizations who collaborated on the exhibit include: the UI Department of Pediatrics Division of Medical Genetics and the division's Cytogenetics Laboratory; the Iowa Birth Defects Registry; the UI Cleft Lip/Palate Clinic; the UI Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; the Iowa Newborn Metabolic Screening Program; University Hospital School; the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH); the Regional Genetic Consultation Service and the Neuromuscular Program, IDPH-supported programs based at the UI; and the Iowa Chapter of the March of Dimes.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.