AACC Workshop for Newborn Screening in Colombia

AACC Holds Colombia Workshop on Newborn Screening

On October 13, 2017, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) will host the workshop, “Early diagnosis of genetic disorders saves children’s lives: A discussion on merits and process to successfully implement newborn screening,” in Cali, Colombia. The symposium will connect the groups involved in establishing the country’s nascent newborn screening program, bringing together newborn screening experts, policymakers, and other stakeholders to discuss the successes and challenges of newborn screening for metabolic diseases in Latin America. It will feature presentations on the technical and practical elements of setting up a laboratory to perform newborn screening; talks by public health officials on the challenges of implementing newborn screening policy; and case studies from clinicians on the front lines.

The session will be held in conjunction with the 2017 annual meeting of the Colegio Nacional de Bacteriología, a prominent Colombian scientific association. Stakeholders such as the Colombian Ministry of Health and Social Protection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and instrument manufacturers will also be present.

For additional information, visit AACC’s website.