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New York Study Center: New York
Phone: 888-296-8192
E-mail: ny@nbdps.org
  1. Study Center
  2. Principal Investigators
  3. Local Activities & Research
  4. Partners
  5. Recent Publications

Study Center
The New York State Department of Health operates the second largest statewide, population-based birth defects registry in the nation. The New York Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention has participated in CDC-funded research on birth defects since 1997. For BD-STEPS, the New York Center focuses on women and infants residing in 14 counties in Southern and Western NY.

The New York Center has expertise in studying medication use in pregnancy as well as examining exposures in the workplace and the environment that might lead to birth defects. We have established collaborations with the Wadsworth Center, the research-intensive public health laboratory of the New York State Department of Health to use newborn screening blood spots for research on genetic and environmental risk factors for birth defects.

We appreciate the participation of over 3,000 New York families in the NBDPS, the largest study of birth defects in the United States.

Principal Investigators:
Charlotte Druschel, MD, MPHCharlotte Druschel MD, MPH was the Medical Director of the New York State Congenital Malformations Registry and the Principal Investigator of the New York Center for the duration of the NBDPS. Erin Bell, PhD, an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University at Albany’s School of Public Health, also served as a co-Principle Investigator during the NBDPS....Read More

Erin Bell , PhDErin Bell, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University at Albany’s School of Public Health where she also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Bell received her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch of the National Cancer Institute. Her research interests include examining environmental and occupational exposures and their association with reproductive outcomes and child development. Dr. Bell currently serves as Co-PI of the New York Center for the NBDPS where she leads the interview team...Read More

Marilyn Browne, PhDMarilyn Browne, PhD, is a Research Scientist at the New York State Department of Health and an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University at Albany’s School of Public Health. Her focus is gaps in knowledge about the risks and benefits of different treatments for chronic maternal conditions....Read More


Local Activities and Research:

  • Untreated hypertension, thyroid disease, and asthma could pose a risk to the mother and baby. Our studies of maternal illness and medication use can help women and physicians make informed decisions about medication use during pregnancy.
  • We have studied the effects of caffeine on the risk of various birth defects.
  • Since we are based in the Department of Health’s Center for Environmental Health, a recipient of an Environmental Public Health Tracking award, we use these resources to conduct studies of air pollution, tap water use, and birth defects.

Partners:
University of Albany, School of Public Health
Division of Genetics, Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo

Recent Publications
Fisher SC, Van Zutphen AR, Werler MM, Lin AE, Romitti PA, Druschel CM, Browne ML and the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Maternal antihypertensive medication use and congenital heart defects: Updated results from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Hypertension. 2017 May;69(5):798-805. doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.116.08773. Epub 2017 Apr 3.

Howley MM, Browne ML, Van Zutphen AR, Richardson SD, Blossom SJ, Broussard CS, Carmichael SL, Druschel CM; National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Maternal autoimmune disease and birth defects in the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol. 2016 Nov;106(11):950-962.

Howley MM, Carter TC, Browne ML, Romitti PA, Cunniff CM, Druschel CM; National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Fluconazole use and birth defects in the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 May;214(5):657.e1-9.

Van Zutphen AR, Bell EM, Browne ML, Lin S, Lin AE, Druschel CM; National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Maternal asthma medication use during pregnancy and risk of congenital heart defects. Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol. 2015 Nov;103(11):951-61.

Michalski AM, Richardson SD, Browne ML, Carmichael S, Canfield M, VanZutphen AR, Anderka M, Olney R, Marshall E, Druschel CM. Sex ratios among infants with birth defects, National Birth Defects Prevention Study, 1997-2009. Am J Med Genet A. 2015 May;167A(5):1071-81.

Browne ML, Van Zutphen AR, Botto LD, Louik C, Richardson S, Druschel CM. Maternal butalbital use and selected defects in the national birth defects prevention study. Headache. 2014 Jan;54(1):54-66.

Lin S, Herdt-Losavio ML, Chapman BR, Munsie JP, Olshan AF, Druschel CM; National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Maternal occupation and the risk of major birth defects: a follow-up analysis from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2013 Jun;216(3):317-23. .

Browne ML, Hoyt AT, Feldkamp ML, Rasmussen SA, Marshall EG, Druschel CM, Romitti PA. Maternal caffeine intake and risk of selected birth defects in the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol. 2011 Feb; 91(2):93-101.