Health and Family Services Cabinet
Mayfield to Discuss Kentucky’s Newborn Screening Program at International Conference
FRANKFORT, KY (July 31, 2006) - Stephanie Mayfield, M.D., director of the Kentucky Public Health Laboratory, will address the sixth International Society for Neonatal Screening in Japan in September.
Governor Ernie Fletcher was invited to share his perspectives on the political and financial goals and challenges of supporting a newborn screening program, but will not be able to attend due to scheduling conflicts.
“My administration is particularly proud of the success we’ve had with this program because we’re helping improve the lives of Kentucky’s children. I am extremely pleased that Dr. Mayfield will be sharing the commonwealth’s story with our international colleagues,” said Governor Fletcher, also a family practice physician. “We’re now able to detect more disorders early on, before the onset of symptoms, when disorder can be more effectively treated.”
Mayfield, who oversees the newborn screening program for the Department for Public Health, will present program performance metrics to a group of international public health professionals, sharing the success stories of Kentucky’s Newborn Screening Program.
“The Kentucky Newborn Screening Program has had a successful start due to collaborative efforts across divisions within the Department for Public Health, university affiliates for follow-up care and other private entity relationships,” said Mayfield. “I am excited and honored to represent our state and discuss our many findings at this international conference.”
Mayfield will discuss the findings of a paper on Kentucky’s experience since expanding its newborn screening program, which now screens for 28 metabolic disorders as well as the universal hearing exam as recommended by the March of Dimes and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The main scientific theme of the conference is "Neonatal Screening in the Post-Genomic Era." The most recent scientific progress in neonatal screenings as well as discussions on the ethics, legality and economics of neonatal screening are scheduled to take place.
The conference will be Sept. 16-19 in Awaji, Hyogo and Tokuskima, Japan.