The Metabolism and Newborn Screening Program was started in 2002 and is based within the uOttawa Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). It consists of the Metabolism and Newborn Screening Clinic as well as the Newborn Screening Retrieval Centre.
The Metabolism and Newborn Screening Program provides diagnostic and treatment services to children and adults with inborn errors of metabolism (IEM). The program has three physician faculty members, two scientific faculty members as well as a dietician and some social worker support. The Metabolism and Newborn Screening Program consults and treats approximately 1,000 patients each year.
The Newborn Retrieval Centre is staffed by a full-time nurse with coverage by the genetics counselling services. Newborn Screening Ontario (NSO) is based at CHEO and is the largest program of its kind in Canada, with state of the art equipment and expertise.
NSO actively encourages training, educational and research opportunities within the program. While it is a separate laboratory and clinical program, the medical and scientific personnel are cross-appointed to the Metabolism and Newborn Screening Program within the uOttawa Department of Pediatrics.