Monitoring Birth Defects and Environment.—The Birth Defects Institute of the New York State Health Department is holding a symposium on "Monitoring Birth Defects, and Environment—The Problem of Surveillance" Oct 19 and 20, in Albany, NY. Twenty invited participants in the fields of biochemistry, epidemiology, genetics, pediatrics, and teratology will discuss the detection of cryptic human mutagens and teratogens.
The conference will be directed to the following four questions: (1) What methods are currently available to monitor human malformations and/or mutations? (2) What is the cost and feasibility of these possible approaches? (3) What new useful methodologies are likely to emerge in the near future? (4) How can monitoring schemes be used to detect environmental causes of birth defects and/or mutations?
All interested professional personnel are invited to attend. For information, write Dr. Ernest B. Hook, Birth Defects Institute of New York State Health Department, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY