Celebrating 20 years

title_anniversary-2665345 The California Birth Defects Monitoring Program—established in 1982—recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. This milestone was occasion to reflect on progress towards our goal—preventing birth defects through research.

bullet-8933621 The Problem: Too many babies are born with birth defects, and we’re just beginning to know why.
bullet-8933621 The Promise: Research to find causes will lead the way to prevention.
bullet-8933621 The Program: California’s unique system for studying birth defects is finding answers that will save lives.
bullet-8933621 The Partnership: Jointly operated by the California Department of Health Services and the March of Dimes, we’re a model of the public and private sectors working together.
bullet-8933621 The Payoff:
  bullet-8933621 Recognized leadership in scientific discovery.
  bullet-8933621 One of the world’s largest databanks on children with birth defects, with information on 4.6 million births.
  bullet-8933621 Over 100 scientific studies, completed or in progress, including Interviews with 9,500 mothers.
  bullet-8933621 250+ publications in the medical and scientific literature.
  bullet-8933621 State-of-the-art science for studying birth defects.

California’s mothers and babies thank Senator Diane Watson, whose foresight and advocacy led to legislation establishing California’s pioneering search for causes of birth defects, a public health problem about which too little is known.

(Presented to Senator Watson—author of the original legislation establishing the California Birth Defects Monitoring Program—on her retirement from the State Legislature in 1998.)