Newborn Screening Programme: An Impetus for Change

Rare Links: A Webinar Series via ZOOM by Pak-IMD-Net

September 22, 2020
11:00 am-1:00 pm | Karachi

Medical College

  • Prof. Aamir Ijaz, President Pakistan Society of Chemical Pathology, Co-Chair Pak-IMD-Net, Professor, Bahria International Hospital, Rawalpindi
  • Dr Dianne Rosemary Webster, Lead Clinical Scientist, LabPlus, Auckland City Hospital, Director Newborn Metabolic Screening Programme, New Zealand
  • Dr Layachi Chabraoui, Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Rabat, Head of the Central Laboratory of Biochemistry and of the Center for the Study of Inherited Metabolic Diseases - CHU Ibn Sina Rabat, President Moroccan Society of Clinical Chemistry and Medical Biology (SMCC), President Moroccan Society for Study of Inborn Errors of Metabolism (MSSIEM) and President International Francophone Federation of Clinical Biology
  • Dr Khadija Humayun, Associate Professor, Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist, Dept. of Paediatrics and Child Health, AKU
  • Dr Aysha Habib Khan, Professor and Consultant Chemical Pathologist, Biochemical Genetics and Newborn Screening Laboratory, Dept. of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, AKU
  • 11:00 - 11:05 am | Welcome and Ice breaking session
  • 11:05 - 11:15 am | Pak-IMD-Net and its role in Newborn Screening (NBS) | Dr Lena JAFRI, Chair Pak-IMD-Net, Assistant Professor, AKU 
  • 11:15 - 11:30 am | Selecting Disorders for NBS in Pakistan: Consensus Report from Pakistan Society of Chemical Pathology, Pakistan Society of Haematology and Pakistan Pediatrics Association | Dr Aysha Habib KHAN, Professor, AKU
  • 11:30 - 11:45 pm | Laboratory Aspects of Newborn screening: What you need to know for establishing a NBS laboratory | Prof. Aamir IJAZ, President Pakistan Society of Chemical Pathology, Co-Chair Pak-IMD-Net, Professor, Bahria International Hospital, Rawalpindi
  • 11:45 – 11:55 pm | Success story of NBS Programme at a Tertiary Care Hospital in Pakistan | Dr Hafsa MAJID, Assistant Professor, AKU
  • 11:55 - 12:55 pm | Panel Discussion with Experts: Policy Recommendations for starting Nationwide NBS programme (Consensus statement reviewed and approved by A1l) | Moderator: Dr. Aysha Habib KHAN | Panelists: Dr. Dianne WEBSTER, Prof. Layachi CHABRAOUI, Prof. Aamir IJAZ, , Dr. Khadija HUMAYUN, Dr. Lena JAFRI
  • 12:55– 1:00 pm | Closing Remarks

The Rare Links webinar series aims to provide a platform where national and international experts can share their knowledge and experience of developed and developing newborn screening programs in and approaches to developing this in Pakistan. The webinar will feature presentations on the elements of a newborn screening programme; talks on experiences and challenges of implementing newborn screening programmes.

Learning Outcome
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Understand the basic concepts and components of newborn screening programmes
  • Relate criteria for disorder selection to their individual circumstances

Who should attend
The session is open to all

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in collaboration with Department of Continuing Professional Education and Pakistan Inherited Metabolic Disorders Network (Pak-IMD-Net) A Working Group of Pakistan Society of Chemical Pathology (PSCP)

Image credit:

Rainer Maiores


The course will be conducted online

Registration is mandatory but free


Mr Nasheed Irshad
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine 
021 3486 1927