Member Provides Important Analysis of Paternal Exposures for Birth Defects Prevention Month

Member Provides Important Analysis of Paternal Exposures for Birth Defects Prevention Monthdad_daughter_resized.jpg

Gloria D. Jahnke, D.V.M., D.A.B.T, a health scientist with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and Teratology Society member since 1999, has prepared a brief summary article of information regarding the importance of maintaining good preconception health for both mom and dad. “Paternal Contribution to a Developing Baby’s Health” contains information health care professionals and scientists can use to help educate the public about the role dad’s health plays to the developing fetus.

The summary article is part of an educational packet prepared by the National Birth Defects Prevention Network for Birth Defects Prevention Month. The article was inspired by the Paternal Exposure Impact Progeny Outcome by Altering the Sperm Genome and Epigenome Symposium that took place at the Teratology Society’s 55th Annual Meeting in 2015. Kara Polen, M.P.H., Communication Lead of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, translated the summary article to plain language for the educational packet.

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