Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services

Celebrating 50 Years of Newborn Screening in Virginia

Fifty years ago this fall, on October 1, 1966, the Virginia Department of Health began screening all babies born in the Commonwealth of Virginia for phenylketonuria (PKU). The testing is done by Virginia’s Division of Laboratory Services in the Department of General Services. While Virginia’s Newborn Screening (NBS) Program has definitely grown and the panel of disorders expanded to include 29+ disorders, it’s mission remains the same – to identify babies with life-threatening conditions, get them diagnosed and into treatment before they suffer the potentially-devastating effects of their disorders.

To commemorate it’s 50th Anniversary, the VA NBS Program has decided to celebrate by hosting a one-day NBS conference in Richmond, VA. The idea is to bring healthcare professionals involved in newborn screening together for a day of education and updates to help them better understand the newborn screening program today and to be prepared for what lies ahead for newborn screening tomorrow. Our conference logo is “It’s not just about PKU anymore” and through the various topics and presentations, we hope this conference will give attendees a look at the past, the present and the future of Virginia’s NBS Program.

October 21, 2016

8:30 - 4:30



•  Attendee- $25.00 includes lunch and parking  8:30-4:30

Exhibitors- $550.00 includes lunch and parking  8:30-4:30

Exhibit setup 7:30  tear down 4:45—5:15

Purchase your tickets today registration is limited to 250
Attire- Business casual bring plenty of business cards

Now Closed



8:30 am                Welcome
                                 Marissa J. Levine, MD, MPH, FAAFP, State Health Commissioner
                               Denise Toney,  PH.D., HCLD (ABB) Director,  Division of Consolidated 
                                 Laboratory Services


9:00 am                Session 1: “The Past”  -- speakers and audience questions

                               a. History of Newborn Screening nationally and in Virginia -- Barry Wolf,MD, PHD

                               b. NewSTEPs and Timeliness in NBS Activities -- Jelili Ojodu, MPH

                               c. Virginia Program & Legislation -- Jennifer Macdonald, MPH, BSN, RN


10:30 am              Break


11:00 am              Session 2: “The Present” -- Video, Panel discussion & audience questions

                               Panel Discussion: best practices and challenges in collection and
                               parent education

a. The Hospital Perspective -- Mary Otero MSN, RN, NE-BC
b. Out of Hospital Births -- Kim Pekin, CPM

c. The Pediatric Office -- Sylvia Lee, MD, Kenner Army Health Clnic


12 Noon               Lunch & visit exhibits


1:00 pm               Session 3: “The Present” speakers and questions

a. Sick & Low Birth Weight (LBW) babies (CLSI guidelines) -- Ali Piques, NNP

b. Diagnosis and After  --  Beth Spears, MS

c. Parent Perspective  -- Jana Monaco


2:30 pm                Break & visit exhibits


3:00 pm               Session 4:  “The Future”  -- speakers and audience questions


a. Electronic Data Exchange -- Willie Andrews, BSMT(ASCP)

b. Hospital Perspective -- Elizabeth B. Mikula, MSN, RN, CPN, CPHQ

c. Lysosomal Storage Diseases (LSDs)  --  Pranoot Tanpaiboon, MD

d. Personalized Medicine  -- Sean Hofherr, PhD, FACMG


4:30 pm                        Adjourn



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