Children born with the rare SCID disorder can be cured with bone marrow transplantation or gene therapy. However, without the benefit of early detection, lives are lost.
Bobby Gaspar, Professor of Pediatrics and Immunology at University College London, is working towards implementing newborn screening for SCID in the UK. “We believe that newborn screening for SCID has a huge importance in improving the outcome of the lives of these children”, Professor Gaspar says. Luckily, the UK screening committee has this year agreed on an evaluation study to prospectively screen babies for SCID. This will hopefully pave the way to a full national program.