SERN | Southeast NBS & Genetics Regional Collaborative

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Beginning in 2004, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded a series of Regional Collaborative Projects throughout the United States.  The aim of this funding was to develop regional solutions to address the maldistribution of genetics services and expertise across the United States.  The Southeast Newborn Screening & Genetics Regional Collaborative (SERC) is a product of this initiative.
Administered at Emory University in Atlanta, SERC’s aim is in “translating research into practical health care services and systems to improve the health and quality of life of individuals with heritable disorders through collaboration and partnership”.  Working throughout the Southeast United States, SERC partners with health professionals, governmental and nongovernmental institutions, as well as with patients and families to strengthen newborn screening (NBS) and genetics services in our region through targeted activities.

For additional information about HRSA and its grant opportunities, SERC’s personnel and its activities, the cooperative agreement between HRSA and Emory, or additional information, please use the links below.

Rani H Singh, PhD, RD
Dr. Singh is Professor and Director of the Metabolic Nutrition Program at Emory University School of Medicine Department of Human Genetics.
Hans C. Andersson, MD
Hans C. Andersson, MD, FACMG is Director of the Hayward Genetics Center and Gore Chair of Human Genetics at Tulane University Medical Center. He is the Director of the Biochemical Genetics Lab and is actively involved in clinical care of patients with inborn errors of metabolism. He has been Co-Principle Investigator of the SERC HRSA initiative since 2006 and is the lead for activities involving emergency preparedness and telegenetics.
Alex Kemper, MD, MS, MPH
Alex R. Kemper, MD, MPH, MS, is a general pediatrician and health services researcher at Duke University. His work focuses on all aspects of screening, including strategies for assuring timely diagnosis and long-term follow-up.
Joseph Telfair, DrPH, MPH, MSW
Dr. Telfair has worked on practice, cultural, ethical, health care and social issues specific issues for the poor, rural, and multi-cultural/multi-ethnic populations, practice-based evidence and advocacy for more than 32 years. He is Professor and Dual Chair – Department of Community Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the Jian-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at the Georgia Southern University. Dr. Telfair recently served as Director of the two HRSA funded national sickle cell disease coordination and data centers and has extensive research and policy experience addressing issues of women, teens and children with chronic conditions (and their families). His expertise and areas of interests also include ELSI of genetics and genomics, participatory systems and program evaluation and research at the local, national and global levels.

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June 2017

2017 Annual Meeting for SERN/SERGG - July 20-22 in Asheville, NC

2017 Annual Meeting for SERN/SERGG - July 20-22 in Asheville, NC

The next annual SERC/SERGG meeting will be held July 20-22, 2017 at Renaissance Asheville Hotel in Asheville, NC.

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