Cynthia F. Bearer, MD, PhD is the Mary Gray Cobey Professor of Neonatology and Chief of the Division of Neonatology in the Department of Pediatrics at University of Maryland Hospital for Children. Dr. Bearer is board certified in both pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine. Dr. Bearer has had a long standing interest in the role of the environment on human development. Dr. Bearer received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University and her M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Bearer has published and presented extensively on issues related to fetal and pediatric environmental exposures. Her work has been funded by the NIH, CDC and US EPA. She has served on the Committee to Evaluate Children’s Health of the National Academy of Science and is a past President of the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Study Group. She is on the editorial board of Neurotoxicology. She has served on the NAL study section at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Bearer is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Children's Environmental Health Network. She has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Advisory Group to the Director of the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her major research interests are the effect of ethanol and prevalent environmental neurotoxicants on the development of the central nervous system and the development of biomarkers of prenatal exposures. Her most recent publications are (italics indicate trainees):
Littner Y, Cudd TA, O'Riordan MA, Cwik A, Bearer CF. Elevated Fatty Acid Ethyl Esters in Meconium of Sheep Fetuses Exposed In Utero to Ethanol-A New Animal Model. Pediatr Res. 2008 Feb;63(2):164-8. Epub 2007 Dec 10.
Lai TT, Bearer CF. Iatrogenic environmental hazards in the neonatal intensive care unit. Clin Perinatol. 2008 Mar;35(1):163-81.
Peterson J, Kirchner HL, Xue W, Minnes S, Singer LT, Bearer CF. Fatty acid ethyl esters in meconium are associated with poorer neurodevelopmental outcomes to two years of age. J Pediatr. 2008 Jun;152(6):788-92. Epub 2008 Jan 10.
Bearer CF, Stefanak MA. Looking Ahead to a Tobacco Free Future (editorial). J Pediatr. 2009 Jan;154(1):4-5. Epub 2008 Nov 5.
Yeaney N, He M, Tang N, Malouf A, O'Riordan M, Lemmon V, Bearer CF. Ethanol inhibits L1 cell adhesion molecule tyrosine phosphorylation and dephosphorylation and activation of pp60src. J Neurochem 2009 Aug;110(3):779-90. Epub 2009 May 3.