CDC Grand Rounds Live Webcast to Focus on "Global Prevention of Neural Tube Defects" - October 17, 1 pm ET

The October session of CDC's Public Health Grand Rounds will focus on “Global Prevention of Neural Tube Defects.” This session will be available via live webcast from CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. (ET). Open captions are provided.

Neural tube defects are serious birth defects of the brain and spine. They are a major cause of death and lifelong disability worldwide. Up to 85 percent of neural tube defects can be prevented if women consume enough folic acid before and during early pregnancy. But worldwide only 15 percent of neural tube defects are prevented.

This session of Public Health Grand Rounds will feature experts discussing how fortifying grains with folic acid could prevent these defects. Hear about the challenges and opportunities for these efforts.

Email questions about this topic before or during the session.

CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds Presents:

“Global Prevention of Neural Tube Defects”

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET

Global Communications Center (Building 19)

Alexander D. Langmuir Auditorium

Roybal Campus 

Presented By:

Krista Crider, PhD


Prevention Research and Translation Branch

Division of Congenital and Developmental Disorders

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“Birth Defects COUNT Global Initiative”

Scott Montgomery


Food Fortification Initiative (FFI)

Fortifying Grains with Folic Acid to Prevent Neural Tube Defects: Success and Opportunities”

Erin Smith, MPH

Country Director

Helen Keller International, Tanzania

“Maize Fortification with Small and Medium Scale Processors in Tanzania”

Neena Raina, PhD


Health through the Life Course

South-East Asia Regional Office for WHO (WHO-SEARO)

“Birth Defects Surveillance and Prevention in South-East Asia: A Way Forward”

Facilitated By:

John Iskander, MD, MPH, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds

Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds

Susan Laird, MSN, RN, Communications Director, Public Health Grand Rounds

Open to the public:

A live webcast will be available on the CDC website.  The link will be live five minutes before the presentation. View our sessions on our archive page at your convenience. Sessions are archived 3-4 days after each presentation.

For non-CDC staff who want to attend in person:

Non-CDC staff must have prior security clearance. US citizens must submit a request to the Grand Rounds Team.  A US state-issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, US passport) is required.

Non-US citizens must submit their requests 20 days prior to the session to the Grand Rounds Team, and additional information will be required.

For individuals requiring reasonable accommodations:

It is the policy of CDC to provide reasonable accommodations (RA) for qualified individuals with disabilities to ensure their full inclusion in CDC-sponsored events. Employees are asked to submit RA requests at least 5 business days prior to the event. Please e-mail the request to

For questions about this Grand Rounds topic: Feel free to e-mail your questions before or during the session.

Grand Rounds is available for continuing education. 

All continuing education credit for Public Health Grand Rounds (PHGR) is issued online through the CDC/ATSDR Training and Continuing Education Online system. If you have questions, you can email Learner Support or call them at 1-800-41-TRAIN (1-800-418-7246). Those who view PHGR and wish to receive continuing education must complete the online seminar evaluation. Continuing education will be available for up to 2 years and 1 month after the initial offering. The course code for all PHGR sessions is PHGR10.

Target audience: physicians, nurses, epidemiologists, pharmacists, veterinarians, certified health education specialists, laboratorians, and others.


  1. List key measures of burden of disease involving morbidity, mortality, and/or cost.
  2. Describe evidence-based preventive interventions and the status of their implementations.
  3. Identify one key prevention science research gap.
  4. Name one key indicator by which progress and meeting prevention goals is measured.

CE certificates can be printed from your computer immediately upon completion of your online evaluation. A cumulative transcript of all CDC/ATSDR CE credits obtained through the TCE Online system will be maintained for each user. We hope that this will assist CDC staff and other public health professionals in fulfilling the requirements for their professional licenses and certificates.

Learn more about continuing education on the Grand Rounds website.


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