NBS newsPosted on: 12/08/2019
ArchAngel is delighted to announce the appointment of Pat Roberts as Director of Newborn Screening Project. It is our ultimate aim to ensure that all UK babies are screened for Metachromatic Leukodystrophy at birth. New treatments such as the Gene Therapy which Ava received can dramatically change the predicted course of this disease but timely intervention is crucial. We intend to make a formal application to add MLD to the heelprick test in accordance with National Screening Committee guidelines. Pat has been dedicated to this field for several years and founded both the Save Babies Through Screening Foundation UK and the Patient Advocates for Newborn Screening Group. She has worked collaboratively with scientists, Public Health England and numerous other key health professionals on the extension of the newborn screening programme in the UK for all inherited metabolic disorders. Pat's knowledge, experience and dedication are second to none and she will be an invaluable assest to the MLD campaign.