Medical Research

Association Of Birth Defect Children, Inc. dba Birth Defect Research for Children

"because every birth defect has a cause"

aka Birth Defect Research for Children

Orlando, FL


According to the National Research Council, nearly 50% of all pregancies in the U.S. end in the loss of the baby or a child born with a birth defect or chronic health problem. We provide these families with reliable information on their child's disabilities, referrals to helpful resources and opportunities to connect with families who have children with similar problems. We also created the National Birth Defect Registry that collects data on the causes of birth defects that can lead to birth defect prevention. Registry data has been used for research studies and community advocacy and presented to state and federal agencies as well as in media forums.

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Executive Director

Ms. Betty I Mekdeci

Director of Finance & Parent Services

David M Mekdeci

Main Address

976 Lake Baldwin Lane Ste. 104

Orlando, FL 32814 USA


birth defects, fetal development, special needs, environmental toxins, Agent Orange, Gulf War, congenital





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Birth Defects, Genetic Diseases Research (H20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (G01)

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What we aim to solve New!

All over the country, there are clusters of birth defects in communities where certain toxic exposures in the water and/or air may be a common factor. Birth Defect Research for Children has a new Community Resource Center on our website where parents can contact us to begin an investigation through registry data collection.
BDRC was able to help a community in Tennessee with this kind of project. We identified a cluster of cleft palate cases (later confirmed by the CDC) linked to solvents leaking into the public water supply from an old landfill that was not capped or lined. Ultimately, the landfill was capped; the water supply moved away from the landfill and residents were warned not to drink well water since the solvents had also been buried all over the county. BDRC helped this community at no charge, but we need to build a fund so we can assist other communities who contact us.

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Birth Defects Parent Services and Research

Parent Information & Matching Services

National Birth Defect Registry

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To build the National Birth Defect Registry to a research repository with 10,000 cases within the next two years.

To increase traffic to our Healthy Baby Resource so more prospective parents will know how to have a healthier baby.

To offer parents of children with birth defects the information and support they need to raise a child with unique challenges.

1) Public outreach for our web site and the National Birth Defect Registry through magazine ads in parenting magazines
2) Search Engine Optimization to increase traffic to Birth Defect Research for Children's web site
3)Ad Words promotion through Google grant to bring more families to the web site.

The National Birth Defect Registry was designed through a collaboration of scientists with expertise in all areas related to birth defects. The Registry has a track record of identifying links between clusters of birth defects and similar exposures or prenatal conditions.
Registry research has been presented to the National Academy of Sciences; the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; the EPA; the FDA; the Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illnesses; the Scientific Advisory Committee of the VA and in national media forums.

According to the Center for Disease Control, there have been significant increases in neurobehavioral disorders like Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Attention Disorders, Learning Disabilities and Intellectual Impairment over the last 10-15 years. In addition, today 1 in 32 babies is born with a major birth structural defect (ex. spina bifida, heart defects, cleft palate, missing limbs) that is apparent at birth. If these children are followed for several years, this number increases to 2 in 32 or more.

If our organization identifies links between these increases and preventable cause(s), we can educate the public and reduce these escalating trends.

Birth Defect Research for Children is our country's only National Birth Defect Registry. Through registry data, we have discovered important links between environmental exposures and birth defects.

At this link are summaries of accomplishment made with registry data.

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Association Of Birth Defect Children, Inc. dba Birth Defect Research for Children

Fiscal year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

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