The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 85, Issue 11, pp 933–934 | Cite as

The Journey of Newborn Screening: Inception to Conclusion

  • ICMR Task Force on Inherited Metabolic Disorders


Newborn screening has been perceived as one of the top 10 public health initiatives of the last century [1]. The journey of this venture in India has been both exciting and challenging. Under the dynamic champion Late Professor S.S. Aggarwal, Ex director of SGPGI Lucknow and an eminent geneticist it grew from a nascent set of projects submitted to ICMR in 2002 to a Task Force Multi-institutional Collaborative project [2]. The wings of the Indian Council of Medical Research were most appropriate to nurture this from its inception to its conclusion. In this paper we describe the challenges and joyous moments of this journey. Late Professor Taranath Shetty organized a series of workshops. This translated into creation of the group deeply interested in the field of biochemical genetics. Brainstorming sessions were held which helped develop a consensus.

The inclusion of disorders was based on the Wilson & Jeugner criteria. They were evaluated in terms of translational benefit,...



Writing Group: Dr. Seema Kapoor, Dr. Arun Singh. Steering Group: Late Dr. SS Aggarwal (Chairperson), Dr. I C Verma, Dr. Veena Kalra, Dr. Vasantha Muthuswamy and Dr. Vijay Kumar.

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Source of Funding

Indian Council of Medical Research.


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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • ICMR Task Force on Inherited Metabolic Disorders
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Molecular and Clinical MedicineDundeeUK

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