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The Arkansas Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention (Arkansas Center) was established in 1997. Our center is a collaborative effort of the faculty and personnel from the Arkansas Reproductive Health Monitoring System (ARHMS), University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Arkansas Children's Hospital, Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute, and the Arkansas Department of Health

The State of Arkansas provides a unique setting for our center. The population of Arkansas is approximately 2.8 million consisting of a large minority population. Approximately 25% of the state's birth population is African-American. Hispanics and Asians comprise a small but rapidly growing segment of the state's population. The state can boast of a centrally located specialized pediatric care health facility with satellite clinics throughout the state.

The Arkansas Center Investigators and staff are:

  • Identifying how a woman's intake of micronutrients and the way in which her body uses folic acid may affect the risk for heart defects
  • Investigating how babies' and parents' genetic factors may modify risks of birth defects
  • Searching for the causes of Trisomy 21 or Down Syndrome
  • Studying cost and quality-of-life outcomes of birth defects to inform decisions about the economic value of birth defects prevention
  • Exploring options for medical treatment of children with birth defects to provide the best care possible
  • Leading the Arkansas Folic Acid Coalition to empower Arkansas women of childbearing age to take daily folic acid to optimize their chance of having healthy babies

The Center's work touches the lives of many and offers hope for a brighter future.

The Arkansas Center is one of the eight Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Centers for Birth Defects Research and Prevention (CBDRP). The other CDC CBDRPs are located in California, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, New York,  North Carolina, Texas, and Utah.

In 1996, the CDC established the CBDPRs at the request of the U.S. Congress to help reduce birth defects in our nation.


Arkansas Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention
13 Children's Way, Mail Slot 512-40
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202
1-877-662-4567 toll free