NYS Newborn Screening Program

All newborn babies in New York State are tested for certain rare conditions which can be serious or even life-threatening. The purpose of newborn screening is to detect babies who have these rare conditions as early as possible so appropriate treatment can be started right away. Some of these rare conditions can cause damage to the brain, liver, heart, or other serious health issues if left untreated. In some cases, side effects can be reduced or prevented if a special diet or other type of medical treatment is started early before the baby shows any signs of the disease.

New York State currently screens all babies for more than 40 diseases. Screening for these diseases is performed by pricking the baby's heel and putting a few drops of blood on a special paper (the “Guthrie card”). These cards are sent to the Newborn Screening Program in Albany. Results are reported to hospitals and other places of birth, physicians, and specialty care centers. See ‘Related Links’ for more information about New York’s Newborn Screening Program.


Contact Us

Pilot Newborn Screening Program
Principal Investigator, Dr. Melissa Wasserstein
One Gustave L. Levy Place
Box 1497
New York, NY 10029

Nicole Kelly
Research Program Manager
Tel: 212-659-1418
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