Welcome to ISNS

Welcome to the website of the International Society for Neonatal Screening (ISNS).
This society is aiming to advance screening for neonatal and infant sicknesses and disorders, worldwide. Please read its vision and mission, respectively.
ISNS has around 500 members in more than 70 different countries. Most members have a professional (para)medical background but a few are involved in parents or patients advocacy groups.
For more information about ISNS visit the ISNS-Info section (see here).
ISNS welcomes new members who have demonstrated an active interest in neonatal screening.


News for Members

If you paid your membership dues and still do not receive the ISNS Newsletter please notify the ISNS Office (E: office-manager@isns-neoscreening.org).

If you change your email address please notify the ISNS Office (E: office-manager@isns-neoscreening.org).



2024 Membership renewal
It's time to consider the status of your ISNS membership.
1.How do you know if you need to renew? Quite easy! Please log in with your username (=email address) and password.
a.If you see the payment page you can opt to pay for 2024, or 2024+2025, or 2024+2025+2026.
Paying for multiple years entitles you to a discount of some 8-9% and in addition, it is easier for the ISNS Office.
Please note that we do not send a payment confirmation or receipt of money UNLESS you request it by sending an email to office-manager@isns-neoscreening.org
b. If you do NOT see the payment page it means that you already paid for 2024 (and perhaps also for later years). In that case you do not have to take any action.
2.Is your account still up to date?
Please log in and check the profile by clicking on the icon at the far right hand side of the top line. An essential item is a correct email address. If you find that the ISNS database has an error, please correct it and send an email to office-manager@isns-neoscreening.org as well.
3.Any question, remark, suggestion? Send an email to office-manager@isns-neoscreening.org

Hot topics for members

Honouring Prof Zhengyan Zhao
Prof Zhengyan Zhao, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China has been the driving force behind the development of NBS in China for more than 30 years. ISNS Council decided to honour him with a special plaquette commemorating his tremendous achievements.
The plaquette was presented to him by ISNS Vice President Dr Dianne Webster and ISNS Office Manager, Dr Peter Schielen, at the recent Fourth National Congress of Genetic Screening for Neonatal Diseases, Shanghai, China. See here
July 3, 2024

The WHO/World Health Assembly adopts resolution
A77/A/CONF./5 "Accelerate progress towards reducing maternal, newborn and child mortality in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goal targets 3.1 and 3.2"
June 21, 2024

Annual International Neonatal Screening Day June 28
For details please see https://neonatalscreeningday.org/
May 31, 2024

2023 ISNS Awards recipients
The recipient of the 2023 ISNS/Revvity Guthrie Award is Dr Ralph Fingerhut, Weiden, Germany.
The recipient of the 2023 ISNS/Bio-Rad Dussault Medal is Dr Kristin Kernohan, Ottawa (ON), Canada.
ISNS congratulates them!
Biosketches of these colleagues will be published shortly.

Updated worldwide overview on NBS - Sept 2023
Please see here some slides based on info collected from various sources and (industrial) partners.

PKU blog by Kevin Alexander
About Kevin Alexander (in his own words)

I'm an adult living with PKU. I'm also a professional videographer, and since 2012 I've been traveling the world as a PKU and newborn screening advocate. I'm a volunteer for the National PKU Alliance, Vice President of the Louisiana Metabolic Disorders Coaltion, and a member of the International Society of Neonatal Screening.
Please follow this link: https://pkujournal.com/

Kevin has released a preview episode, a look at what lies ahead on this podcast. Below are links to the podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Two historic, very interesting, videos on PKU now available!
The Laboratory of Newborn Screening of Catalonia from Hospital Clínic of Barcelona (Spain), via Dr Ana Argudo-Ramírez,  kindly made available to ISNS two historic videos.
The first one shows the original bacterial inhibition assay method for PKU, galactosemia etc. using the Phillips Punch Index Machine. This video was acquired and brought to Barcelona in 1968 by Prof. Juan Sabaté Tobella who was doing a training in the laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he learned the Guthrie method with Dr. Vivian Shi, director of the laboratory.

The second one concerns a TV show about PKU presented by Dr. Leonard Taitz, possibly made in the '80s.

If the videos will not open in your usual webbrowser please try another one.

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Hot topics for members

Worldwide overview of NBS
Dr.Brad Therrell and a number of co-authors compiled the current situation concerning NBS worldwide.
A lengthy publication in the International Journal of Neonatal Screening (IJNS) but a MUST-READ for ISNS members !!
Please follow this link
June 29, 2024

ISNS Secretary Dr Amy Gaviglio receives the "Revvity Public Health Innovator Award" from CEO  Mr. Prahlad Singh during the recent "Newborn Screening World View" workshop in Turku, Finland.
See here
June 21, 2024

XIII Congress of the Latin American Society of Inborn Errors of Metabolism and Newborn Screening
Punta del Este, Uruguay, October 22 – 25, 2024.
For details, please see: https://sleimpn-2024.org/
May 9, 2024

2024 APHL Newborn Screening Symposium,
This event, which is co-sponsored by ISNS, will be held in Omaha, Nebraska, USA, Oct 20-24.
For details please see here
For abstract submission please see here
For travel grants please see the news item below. 

ISNS Travel grants for the APHL/ISNS conference in Omaha
ISNS has a few possibilities for financial support of its members to travel to ISNS-endorsed or -co-organised conferences. The membership is informed via the Newsletter. Applicants need to fill in a form and the ISNS Executive decides on the amount of the grant. One of the conditions is that the awardee supplies a written report on his/her learning experiences.

For the recent APHL/ISNS conference in Sacramento three applications were received and honoured: Dr Rachel Carling (UK),  Dr Bijaya Mishra (Nepal), and Dr Layzon da Silva (Brazil). Please find their reports by clicking on their name.


International Journal of Neonatal Screening (IJNS)
IJNS is the official journal of the International Society for Neonatal Screening (ISNS). IJNS is also the official journal of the German Society for Neonatal Screening (DGNS), the Japanese Society for Neonatal Screening (JSNS), the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)–Newborn Screening & Genetics Program and the UK Newborn Screening Laboratory Network (UKNSLN).

In addition:
Open Access: free for readers, with article processing charges (APC)
paid by authors or their institutions.
High Visibility: indexed within Scopus, ESCI (Web of Science), PubMed,
PMC, Embase, and other databases.
Impact factor 3.5
Journal Rank: CiteScore 6.7
Case reports: this journal publishes a section with well prepared case
Rapid Publication: manuscripts are peer-reviewed and a first decision
provided to authors approximately 21.2 days after submission; acceptance
to publication is undertaken in 6.7 days (median values for papers
published in this journal in the first half of 2022).

Please consider IJNS for your next manuscript submission!!! ISNS members receive a 20% discount of the publication cost by indicating the ISNS membership in the cover letter.

Worldwide members

The location of members worldwide as of Jan. 1, 2024, is shown in the picture on the right. Countries/states with at least one member are shown in blue, others in grey.

How do I become a member?

Please read this  and subsequently click on the button Member application.

Why should I join as a member?

As a member you are entitled to see the privileged pages containing specific news items, a monthly neonatal screening literature service and a discount to ISNS-related conferences. Under certain conditions you may apply for travel grants to such conferences. Having access to the on line membership directory you have easier access to other members sharing specific interests.

ISNS Journal

The ISNS supervises a journal, the International Journal of Neonatal Screening, published by MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
For information, please follow this link.
Members are stimulated to use this journal for their publications.

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