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Apr 22, 2021

Publications on SMA Newborn Screening

While writing the Whitepaper, Spinal muscular atrophy: Screen at birth, save lives, we collected a list of publications on the topic of newborn screening and in some cases, specifically about newborn screening in spinal muscular atrophy. The list below has been extracted from the Whitepaper and will be updated as the Whitepaper is also updated over the course of 2021.

BelgiumMar 26, 2021

It’s time for Europe to bridge the gap in newborn screening for spinal muscular atrophy

  • The European Alliance for Newborn Screening in Spinal Muscular Atrophy calls upon the government of Europe to include a test for spinal muscular atrophy in national newborn screening programmes.
  • Worldwide newborn screening projects and programmes for SMA clearly demonstrate that early detection and treatment of SMA prevents an early death or a life with a severe disability.
  • As some European countries take the lead, the Alliance calls that by 2025, all children born in Europe are screened for SMA at birth and are able to access immediate treatment.
EuropeGreeceMar 12, 2021

SMA NBS Alliance Whitepaper Launch and Roundtable

On Friday 26 March 2021 the Alliance officially launched the Whitepaper to the public with members from the SMA NBS Alliance, SMA Europe member organisations, policymakers, and other stakeholders.

The European Alliance for Newborn Screening in Spinal Muscular Atrophy (led by SMA Europe) demands that by no later than 2025, newborn screening programmes in all European countries include a test for spinal muscular atrophy for all newborn children.

SpainFeb 17, 2021

SMA Newborn Screening Pilot to Launch in the Valencia region of Spain

After a delay in launching due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hospital Universitari i Politècnic La Fe de Valencia will launch a pilot neonatal screening program to detect spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in all babies born in the Valencian Community, about 40,000 each year, both in public and private hospitals.