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The U.S. joins World War II following an attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. In the war effort, Cincinnati Children’s scientists would investigate the effect of high-altitude flight on humans and develop a method of preserving and transporting whole blood, a breakthrough which saved lives on the battlefield. We save lives today so our kids can save lives tomorrow.

Josef Warkany

Josef Warkany, MD (center), was among the first to join the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation. He came from Vienna for a one-year fellowship and ended up spending his entire career here.

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Cincinnati Children’s researcher Josef Warkany, MD, links certain birth defects to vitamins A and D, mercury, thalidomide and more. Considered the father of teratology (the study of birth defects), Dr. Warkany’s work is foundational to our understanding that a mother’s nutritional deficiencies and environmental exposure to drugs, chemicals, radiation and viruses can impact the prenatal and postnatal health of children. In 1980 Dr. Warkany was interviewed about his career at Cincinnati Children's. Watch the video.

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