Research Activities for birth injury
Atlanta Developmental Disabilities Study
The Metropolitan Atlanta Developmental Disabilities Study (MADDS)
was the first US, population-based epidemiologic study of the prevalence of
mental retardation, birth injury, hearing impairment, vision impairment, and
epilepsy among school-aged children.
Study of Children with Developmental Disabilities
The Follow-Up Study involves a tracing and interviewing a
group of young adults (including those with birth injury) who, as 10-year-old
children, were studied in the Metropolitan Atlanta Developmental Disabilities
Study. The purpose of the present effort is to assess the mortality experience
and causes of death within the case group from age 10 to age 20 and to
characterize the status of the survivors with respect to current health status,
living arrangements, socialization, employment, quality of life, service
utilization, and independence.
The Infant Development Study (IDS) is a case-control study to
investigate the apparent protective effect of prenatal magnesium sulfate
exposure on the risk for birth injury among low birthweight children.
Longitudinal Development Study (CHILD Study)
The Children�s Longitudinal Development Study (CHILD Study) is
an ongoing case-control study in which detailed information will be obtained on
pre- and perinatal medical conditions and suspected risk factors for select
disabilities among children identified through the Metropolitan Atlanta
Developmental Disabilities Surveillance Program (MADDSP).