Spina Bifida Genetics Research Project
We are a group of experienced and well-published scientists who are collaborating to investigate the role genetics play in spina bifida. We are extremely encouraged by the results from our research and excited about its potential application in preventing spina bifida.
What's the Spina Bifida Genetics Research Project About?
This study is the second phase of our research to determine genetic factors that contribute to the incidence of spina bifida (myelomeningocele). We are focusing on the genes involved in how our bodies utilize the vitamin folic acid.
One potential outcome of this research could be a genetic test to identify women with an increased risk of having a baby affected by spina bifida, based on their genetic profile. Once identified as high-risk, it is likely that they would be advised by their physicians to begin high dose folic acid therapy, the same recommendation currently in place for women with a previous pregnancy affected by spina bifida. High dose folic acid (4 mg per day) is generally not prescribed for women with no other risk factors and is regulated by the FDA as a prescription drug.
In this phase of our research, we are seeking the participation of women who have had children affected by spina bifida and who were not enrolled in our first study, completed in mid-2010. Our goal is to replicate the findings of that study in a separate group of women. Participation in the study involves filling out a questionnaire on our secure web site and providing a saliva sample via the mail.
You can learn about the science underlying this study HERE
If you are interested in being part of the study ENROLL
For More Information or To Ask Questions about the Spina Bifida Genetics
If you have questions or want more information, it's easy to contact us.
|Mail:||Spina Bifida Genetics Research Project |
348 Hatch Drive
Foster City, CA 94404