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Dr. Maga's research focus is on the detailed quantification of craniofacial phenotypes using 3D imaging. He is specifically interested in phenotypes associated with a mouse model of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The outcomes of fetal exposure to ethanol are highly variable. The uncertainty might be related to dose, time and duration of ethanol exposure as well as the influence of race, gender and maternal age. These factors are being explored by Maga using a unique animal model and strictly controlling the confounding variables such as environment, dosage, and genetics. The effect of ethanol exposure on the craniofacial form is assessed using state-of-the-art three-dimensional imaging and analysis techniques. Understanding the factors impacting on craniofacial form is an essential step to improve diagnosis and management of FASD, and will significantly aid the development of more effective educational programs pertaining to the adverse effects of maternal alcohol consumption on fetal and adult health.
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