The GUARDIAN study is a research study to screen newborns for rare but serious conditions that are not included in the standard newborn screen. All babies who are part of the study will be screened for about 350 conditions that have treatment or medication available. Early diagnosis of one of these conditions can help the baby to start treatment as early as possible. You can also choose to learn about conditions that do not currently have treatment and obtain an early diagnosis. Diagnosis of one of these conditions can help the baby to start other types of supports, like physical therapy, and treatment if and when it becomes available.
The GUARDIAN study is free and uses the same sample that is collected for standard newborn screening. No new sample is needed.
The results of the screen are shared with you and your baby’s pediatrician.