News and Events : 2017 : February

Newborn Screening: The Intersection Between Genetics and Public Health

Human Genetics and Genomics Seminar Series:

“Newborn Screening: The Intersection Between Genetics and Public Health”

Monday, March 6, 2017

4:00p – 5:00p

Biomedical Research Building (BRB) John P. Hussman Institute
1501 NW 10th Avenue
3rd/4th Floor Atrium

R. Rodney Howell, M.D.
Professor and Chairman Emeritus
Department of Pediatrics
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Research Summary:

Dr. Howell is Board Certified both in Pediatrics as well as by the American Board of Medical Genetics in the area of Human Biochemical Genetics. He is the author of more than 150 papers dealing with genetic-metabolic disease in childhood, with a focus on newborn screening. He Chairs the National Board of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. From 2004-2011, Dr. Howell was Senior Advisor to the Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the NIH. During this time he worked with many of the NICHD research initiatives in newborn screening. He was the Founding Chair of the Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children. This Committee, established by the US Congress, provides advice to the US Secretary of Health and Human Services on genetic testing in children, with a special focus on newborn screening, the most common form of genetic testing in children. Dr. Howell was elected this year as President of the International Society of Neonatal Screening, based in the Netherlands.