Media Center

CTIS Pregnancy Health Information Line can provide seasoned experts for media interviews. Interviews in Spanish can also be arranged. Just some of the story topics CTIS experts have commented on in past online, t.v., radio and newspaper stories include:

  • Pregnancy in General
  • Breastfeeding in General
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Medications During Pregnancy and/or Breastfeeding
  • Whooping Cough & the Pertussis Vaccine During Pregnancy
  • Influenza & the Flu Shot Vaccine During Pregnancy
  • Diabetes in Pregnancy
  • Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy
  • Infant Development

Our Experts:

Kenneth Lyons Jones, MD In addition to teaching at UC San Diego School of Medicine in the department of pediatrics, Dr. Jones is the founder and medical director of the California Teratogen Information Service (CTIS) Pregnancy Health Information Line. He was also one of just two doctors to first identify Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in the 1970s.

Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH is an internationally recognized epidemiologist and program director for CTIS. Her research is focused on birth defects and perinatal epidemiology, with a special emphasis on human teratogens.

Sonia Alvarado is a bilingual (Spanish/English) teratogen information specialist and supervising teratogen information specialist trainer. She’s been with the organization for the past 11 years and is based in Los Angeles. In addition, she provides educational talks regarding pregnancy health in community clinics and high schools. Sonia attended San Diego State University.

Workshops we offer:

In California, we are happy to come to your facility and do an in-service presentation for your clinic staff, prenatal class, lactation class, WIC, Medi-Cal, and others.

Topics Include:

  • Pre-pregnancy Planning
  • Teratogens Review
  • Alcohol in Pregnancy
  • Recreational Drugs in Pregnancy


Our main office is in San Diego, however, we have a satellite in Los Angeles at Children’s Hospital, L.A.

To Interview/Book A CTIS Expert for a Media Interview or Presentation, Please Contact:

Nicole Chavez
Marketing & Communications Manager
CTIS Pregnancy Health Information Line, OTIS Special Projects
University of California, San Diego
o.(619) 294-6262

CTIS In The News:

Dr. Haruna Sawada Felman talks about CTIS’ latest study on alcohol consumption during pregnancy on KPBS radio. 1/2012:

Dr. Kenneth Lyons Jones answers questions about cold medications during pregnancy on San Diego 6 News. 12/2011:

Dr. Christina Chambers reveals the results of an extensive new study examining asthma in pregnancy 8/2011 – KPBS, San Diego:

CTIS & OTIS representative, Ms. Sonia Alvarado, talks about birth defect prevention on CNN En Espanol:

Top 10 Holiday Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy – CTIS on Univision San Diego 12/2010:

FAS Awareness Day 9/9/10 – CTIS on San Diego 6 News:

FAS Awareness Day 9/9/10- CTIS on Telemundo San Diego:

CTIS Launches Chat Counseling on – KPBS, San Diego: Names CTIS Among 50 Best Charities For Babies & Small Children

“Spread of Whooping Cough Raises Concern” – an Interview with Dr. Christina Chambers in Bloomberg Businessweek

Dr. Christina Chambers shares her expertise on preventing birth defects on UCSD-TV’s “Health Matters” program

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