Mosquito season has arrived for most of the United States and Canada, and this season it brings with it the threat of Zika, and Zika-linked microcephaly. Last week Margaret (Peggy) Honein, PhD, MPH Chief of the Birth Defects Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) answered reader questions about Zika and microcephaly. […]
Margaret (Peggy) Honein, PhD
Margaret (Peggy) Honein, PhD, MPH is the mother of two and an epidemiologist and Chief of the Birth Defects Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and was credentialed as a Distinguished Consultant/Senior Scientist at the CDC in 2010. Dr. Honein received her B.S. degree in Biology from the University of California, Riverside in 1986, her M.P.H. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1992, and her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from UCLA in 1995. Dr. Honein’s research interests include understanding the role of smoking in birth defects, assessing the safety or risk of medication use and vaccine use during pregnancy, evaluating the impact of infections during pregnancy, and examining longer term outcomes and costs associated with congenital heart defects and other birth defects across the lifespan.