The principal focus of Dr. Anne Marie Comeau’s work is population-based newborn screening. Technical advances from Dr. Comeau’s laboratory have yielded sophisticated molecular assays for high-throughput population-based applications. Experience from the Massachusetts’ pilot programs implementing CF and SCID newborn screening contributed to the national-level recommendations to include CF and SCID in state newborn screening panels.
Dr. Comeau has been an avid advocate of interdisciplinary evidence-based development and evaluation of newborn screening protocols. She is a member of the Molecular Subcommittee of the Association of Public Health Laboratories’ Newborn Screening and Genetics in Public Health Committee. She is a member of the Working Group on Pilot Studies for the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Heritable Diseases in Newborns and Children (SACHDNC), and an active member of the Condition Review Group for External Reviews submitted to the SACHDNC. Dr. Comeau was awarded the 2013 Harry Hannon Laboratory Improvement Award in Newborn Screening by the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), an international tribute named for Dr. Harry Hannon, a pioneer in newborn screening and the former chief of newborn screening for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Comeau has promoted policies and developed protocols that facilitate Massachusetts’ expansion of newborn screening services while respecting human subjects' protections. Her publication topics include evaluations of molecular applications in newborn screening, implications of expanded newborn screening on the health care community, recommendations for successful implementation of newborn screening programs and considerations for research use of data held under public health stewardship. She has presented on the special considerations for research use of data held under public health stewardship and is the author of two book chapters describing such: Newborn Screening Expansion: Massachusetts Research Models Encompass Public Health Service Responsibility in Genomics and Public Health: Legal and Socio-Ethical Perspectives (Knoppers, ed., 2007) and Population-Based Research within a Public Health Service: Two Models for Compliance with the Common Rule in the Massachusetts Newborn Screening Program in Ethics and Newborn Genetic Screening: New Technologies, New Challenges (Bailey and Murray, Eds., 2009).
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