PhD student Cynthia Colapinto (on far right in above photo with fellow Canadian trainees Amy Metcalfe [centre] and Heather Ramshaw) has completed the Training Program on Surveillance and Prevention of Birth Defects and Preterm Birth at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. This course is organized by the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research (ICBDSR), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The course is an intensive, theoretical and practical course that blends knowledge and practice in a skill-based workshop. The primary goal is to help countries promote primary prevention and the health of children with birth defects by developing and strengthening surveillance activities, developing expertise, building technical capacity, and promoting international cooperation.