Robert Guthrie Symposium

Picture of Dr. Robert Guthrie.

Dr. Robert Guthrie, known as the "Father of Newborn Screening," checks on one of the infants who benefited from his work in this 1982 photo. Courtesy UB Archives.

The Guthrie Symposium on newborn screening and metabolic disorders is a half-day educational event honoring the life and legacy of Robert Guthrie, MD, PhD, and his attachment to the University at Buffalo and Oishei Children's Hospital.

This annual symposium is a forum for world-renowned physicians and scientists to share their knowledge with providers, families and community stakeholders. Our speakers will discuss pioneering research and clinical practices in genetic and metabolic disorders.

Inaugural Symposium

The inaugural Guthrie Symposium was held virtually on June 28, 2021, the date that would be Dr. Guthrie's 105th birthday.

Robert Guthrie.



8:00 am - 8:20 am

Opening Remarks

Michael E. Cain, MD
Vice President for Health Sciences and
Dean, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Steven E. Lipshultz, MD
A. Conger Goodyear Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics
Pediatric Chief-of-Service, Kaleida Health
Medical Director of Pediatric Services Business Development, Oishei Children's Hospital
President, UBMD Pediatrics

Stephen J. Turkovich, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Oishei Children’s Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

8:20 am - 8:40 am

"My father makes every baby cry"

Patricia Guthrie, MA
Independent journalist, Seattle, Wash.

8:40 am - 9:10 am


Newborn Screening is the Guthrie Legacy

Harvey Levy, MD
Senior physician in Medicine/Division of Genetics and Genomics, Boston Children's Hospital
Professor of pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

9:10 am - 9:40 am

Patient panel discussion on benefits of newborn screening

Margaret McGlynn, MBA
President of the board, HCU Network America

9:40 am - 10:00 am


10:00 am - 10:30 am

Current status of newborn screening in New York

Michele Caggana, ScD, FACMG
Deputy Director of the Division of Genetics
Chief of the Laboratory of Human Genetics
Director of the Newborn Screening Program, New York State Department of Health's Wadsworth Center

10:30 am - 11:00 am


Current status of newborn screening in the world

R. Rodney Howell, MD
Emeritus Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Emeritus member, Hussman Institute for Human Genomics
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Metabolic Medicine: The Evolution of a Medical Specialty

Mark Korson, MD
Director of Physician Support Service and Director of Education, VMP Genetics

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

The Potential Impact of Gene Therapy on Metabolic Disorders

Taosheng Huang, MD, PhD
Professor and Division Chief, Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, University at Buffalo
Director of Medical Genetics, Oishei Children's Hospital

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Panel Discussion


  • Taosheng Huang, MD, PhD


  • Patricia Guthrie, MA
  • Harvey Levy, MD
  • Margaret McGlynn, MBA
  • Michele Caggana, ScD, FACMG
  • R. Rodney Howell, MD
  • Mark Korson, MD
  • Thomas J. Langan, MD



Planning Committee

  • Chair: Taosheng Huang, MD, PhD
    Professor and Division Chief, Genetics
    Department of Pediatrics
  • Kathy Swenson
    Senior Director of Advancement, University at Buffalo
  • Amy Lachuk
    Grant Manager, Children's Hospital of Buffalo Foundation
  • Margaret McGlynn, MBA
    President, HCU Network America
  • Emily Mazur
    UBMD Pediatrics
  • Kathy Rygg
    UBMD Pediatrics
  • Jesse Slone
    UBMD Pediatrics


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Sponsorship support from

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KSL Diagnostics.
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