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Rick:
Local doctors and researchers trying to treat and prevent Birth Defects are getting a financial boost.
Coming up next, details on a new grant. A local medical facility dedicated to decreasing birth defects is getting a big financial boost.

Vicki:
U of L's Birth Defects Center made the announcement today, and doctors hope it means more healthy births.
Ann Bowden joins us with more. Ann?

Ann:
Well Rick and Vicki, the Center's MIssion is to improve the diagnosis and prevention of birth defects.
And thanks to a new grant, doctor's say they will be able to help thousands of infants in our community.

[Cut to video of James Ramsey, U of L President]

James Ramsey:
We're announcing the receipt of 10.3 million dollars in federal funding, federal grants to the University of Louisville, The School of Dentistry, and to our Birth Defects Center.

[Cut to video of the center. Voiceover by Ann Bowden]

Ann:
U of L's Birth Defects Center is housed in the School of Dentistry. There, doctors research new solutions to several Birth Defects.

[Cut to video of John Sauk, Dean of the School of Dentistry]

John Sauk:
Including such things as Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord Abnormalities, Smoking-related mental and physical defects, and certainly all of the defects that affect the cranial facial complex.

[Cut to video of the center. Voiceover by Ann Bowden]

Ann:
Like a cleft palette. The researchers here say the National Institute of Health awarded the school the grant because of the importance their work. For Louisville, the State, and Nationwide.

[Cut to video of Dr. Michele Pisano, Researcher]

Michele Pisano:
So I think, to umm, have this infusion of federal funds, to begin to look at some of the mechanisms underlying birth defects, and uh, perhaps why the rates are higher in Kentucky and how we can prevent that.

[Cut to video of the center. Voiceover by Ann Bowden]

Ann:
The research could unlock medical unknowns that are killing young infants daily.

[Cut to video of Dr. Robert Greene, Director of the Birth Defects Center]

Robert Greene:
Despite ongoing research, seventy percent of the causes of birth defects are entirely unknown. Moreover, birth defects are the single leading cause of infant mortality.

[Cut to video of the center. Voiceover by Ann Bowden]

Ann:
In Kentucky, one in four children die because of complications from birth defects. The grant also gives U of L's research more manpower.

[Cut to video of James Ramsey, U of L President]

James Ramsey:
We're going for one hundred and eighty more investigators over time, and continuing to provide the support to build our research programs.

[Cut to video of the center. Voiceover by Ann Bowden]

Ann:
According to these doctors and scientists, that kind of progress is helping Louisville triumph over what they call the three C's. Cardiology and Heart Disease, Cancer, and ...

[Cut to video of James Ramsey, U of L President]

James Ramsey:
Our third C is our children, our very precious young children.

[Cut back to Ann in the WLKY Studio]

Ann:
Now, most of the 10.3 million dollar grant will be awarded to the University over the next five years. The Birth Defects Center was established back in 2000, and more than thirty researchers, physicians, dentists and nurses are a part of the research program. Ann Bowden, WLKY News Channel 32.

[Fade to Black. End video]

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