Omninet-Medword LLC is dedicated to dissemination of information regarding causes, care and prevention of human developmental disorders - implicitly inclusive of scientific and humanistic aspects of Clinical Teratology, Genetics and the discipline of Dysmorphology.
Omninet-Medword LLC and Ukrainian Health Care Professionals established “OMNI-Net Ukraine”, a not-for-profit international organization registered in Kyiv to promote the goals mentioned above above as well as related research projects.
Omninet-Medword leaders selected optimal sites to establish resource centers. Following agreements with the Ministry of Health and provincial health care administrations, Omninet resource centers were established in the capitals of the Volyn, Rivne and Khmelnytsky provinces. The northern regions of Volyn and Rivne provinces are wetlands, known as Polissia. Polissia remains heavily contaminated by Chornobyl ionizing radiation. Investigations of incorporated levels in pregnant women and population-based surveillance of congenital malformations represent most of the implemented investigations. To insure international standards of the established population-based registries, Omninet procedures adhere to and qualify our teams to be full members of the European network of population-based registries for the epidemiological surveillance of congenital anomalies (EUROCAT) and the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research (ICBDSR).
In 2010 the first substantive report was published in the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics and followed in 2014 by a detailed report in the journal of the Japanese Teratology Society. The latest confirmatory report was published in 2018 in the journal of the European Teratology Society and in 2020, the implications and perspectives of our observations we reported in the Japanese Teratology Society journal.
In addition to ionizing radiation, another prevalent teratogen in Ukraine is alcohol. In partnership with Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (CIFASD) and in close coordination with teams from the University of California San Diego, Emory University and other academic institutions, Omninet conducts investigations of the impact of prenatal alcohol exposures on human development. The results are published in a considerable number of articles in leading journals. Regarding articles unrelated to alcohol teratogenesis, a bibliography is found by exploring the following link.
Our organization sustains several websites to promote the goals outlined above: CLINICAL EYE OPENERS is dedicated to graphic illustrations of symptoms and signs to prompt clinical recognition and prevention of birth defects and other developmental anomalies; PANDORA WORD BOX concentrates on matters of medical terminology; UTIS is a teratology information system in Ukrainian; IBIS (International Birth Defects Information System) provides information about international sources of information.
Most recent additions include: WEBINARS, both descriptive and thematic, visually intensive (clinical videos), with an emphasis on the diagnosis process; CAROUSELS, a novel format to link notions in words with images and vice versa; and WORTH KNOWING, stories and news to promote the understanding and memorization of human developmental disorders.
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