Dr. R. Rodney Howell Elected President of International Society for Neonatal Screening

R. Rodney Howell, M.D., professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Pediatrics, and a member of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been elected President of the International Society for Neonatal Screening (ISNS). His three-year term will begin on September 11 at the 2016 ISNS International Symposium in The Hague, the Netherlands.

The ISNS, which is based in the Netherlands, is recognized worldwide for its contributions to the detection of neonatal conditions and the prevention of their adverse outcomes through excellence in neonatal screening. The organization, which has members from 73 countries, also publishes The Journal of Neonatal Screening.

“I look forward very much to serving over the next three years as President of this international group of newborn screening experts,” said Howell. “With members from so many countries, we will have an opportunity to focus on the remarkable expansion of life-altering newborn screening not only in the developed world, but also in resource-limited countries where, at times, the increased frequency of rare recessive disorders makes newborn screening for genetic disorders of even greater importance.”

Howell, who specializes in biochemical genetics, has been heavily involved in newborn genetic screening polices in the U.S. for many years, and was the founding Chair of the Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children. This group is the congressionally mandated committee that provides recommendations on newborn screening to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

“Around the globe, children born with rare diseases and once-debilitating conditions have gone to school, grown up and had children of their own because of the work of Dr. Rodney Howell in newborn screening,” said Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Chief of Service at Holtz Children’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial Hospital, and the George E. Batchelor Endowed Chair in Pediatrics. “Surely he was elected to this position because his passion and force for children know no bounds or international borders. He exemplifies the UHealth Pediatrics standard for child health care, research and advocacy.”

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