Marilyn Browne, PhD, is a research scientist at the New York State Department of Health and a Co-Principal Investigator of the New York Center for the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Dr. Browne has more than 10 years experience each in environmental health research and in birth defects research. She uses information from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study to better understand which medications mothers can safely use to treat health conditions during pregnancy. Dr. Browne also studies genetic risk factors for birth defects.
What are your research interests?
I am interested in studying medical conditions and common exposures during pregnancy in the hope of learning more about what causes birth defects and what does not. I feel that identifying what does not increase the risk of birth defects is also important in providing guidance to physicians and reassurance to women planning pregnancies.
Why do you think the NBDPS is important?
Because of its large size and collection of detailed information, the NBDPS is the type of study needed to expand our knowledge about birth defects and improve the lives of mothers and babies.
What are your major interests outside of work?
Family, bike riding, and hiking.