Newborn Screening Ontario (NSO) is the provincial program responsible for screening all newborn babies in Ontario. The program screens for more than 28 different diseases using a variety of biochemical and molecular testing. NSO screens approximately 145,000 samples per year and coordinates all aspects of the screening including education, sample collection and transport, analysis, reporting and outcome follow up.
Biochemical technologies used in the laboratory include automated immunoassays, tandem mass spectrometry, a variety of chromatographies and enzymology. Molecular techniques include mutation detection assays, quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), DNA identity assays as well as sequencing - Sanger and next-generation sequencing (NGS).
NSO offers rotations for laboratory and clinical trainees as well as research opportunities at undergraduate (thesis/summer) graduate and postgraduate levels.