Global Health Research Seminar: Maternal Antibodies to Herpes and Chlamydia and the Risk of Birth Defects
- 1:00 pm on Monday, May 1, 2017
- 2:00 pm on Monday, May 1, 2017
Guest speaker Dr. Samantha Parker Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, BU SPH -- Temporal patterns in the incidence of gastroschisis, a birth defect of the abdominal wall, have paralleled trends in the incidence of some sexually transmitted infections. Therefore, it has been hypothesized that maternal infections may be a risk factor for gastroschisis in the offspring. Using the health registries of Finland, we conducted a case-control study of maternal serum antibodies to herpes viruses and Chlamydia trachomatis and gastroschisis.