Seeger, Elisa

Speaker Information
First Name
Last Name
  [email protected]
  (917) 750-9390
  ALD Alliance
Job Title
  Patient, Caregiver and advocate
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  Hispanic, Latino/a, Latine, Latinx
What rare disease(s) do you represent?
  ALD and other newborn screening conditions
How many years have you been involved with rare diseases?
  10+ years
Name and contact details for the best person for coordinating logistics if other than yourself:

Name Email
Elisa Seeger [email protected]

  Elisa Seeger
Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation/ALD Alliance
After losing her son, Aidan to ALD in 2012 at the age of 7, Elisa started this foundation in his honor with the primary goal of having ALD Newborn Screening passed in every state. New York became the first state to start screening for ALD with the addition of “Aidan’s Law” in 2013. Since then, Elisa has worked to help other states add ALD by traveling across the country to speak at newborn screening committee meetings. Elisa had federal bills introduced in 2016 which would mandate newborn screening for ALD nationally. This is still a work in progress and as of 2020 has changed this directive to include all diseases added to the the federal recommended uniform screening panel. The goal is eradication of “Death by Zip Code”, EVERY baby born in the USA should have the same chance at a normal, healthy life. In 2020 the House included language in the appropriations budget and recognized the problem of funding as a delay to implementation. In addition, the foundation hosts an annual ALD Standards of Care meeting every January, has created and ALD Parent’s Guide with the help of clinicians and parents in the community. Through the work of the foundation there was consensus guidelines created for MRI monitoring after newborn screening. Collaboration is key – Elisa takes part of many other groups In 2020 we have decided to change our name to ALD Alliance to welcome other families to join our efforts in the hopes of helping to change the course of ALD.
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Travel Distance from Los Angeles, CA:
  Brooklyn, NY
However I focus on all newborn screening conditions with an emphasis on educating states and putting an end to death by zip code.
Presentation Information
Proposed Presentation Title
  Newborn Screening in America Today: Challenges and the need for Change
Presentation Summary
  Discussing the status of newborn screening in the United States today.
Although newborn screening is one of the most successful health programs- there is room for change.
As of today, it will take a decade or more before 50 states are testing for conditions added to the Federal Recommended Uniform Screening Panel causing "Death by Zip Code"
Imagine knowing your child would have lived or would not be permanently disabled if they were born in another state?
Unfortunately parents will not know this until it is too late. We need to cut down the time to state implementation and streamline the submission process to the ACHDNC. We have lifesaving therapies available – but our newborn screening system is not identifying babies in time to put these therapies to use.
This presentation will discuss the current state and what we as a rare disease community can do to change this.
Have you spoken previously for NORD?

  • No

Have you previously spoken at any rare disease events or are you planning to speak at any upcoming events within the next year?

  • Yes

If yes, please list the name and dates of your speaking engagements .
  Bio, ACMG, Hunter's Hope, ULF, ALD Connect, bluebird bio, ACHDNC, State newborn screening committee meetings
Please provide up to 3 examples of previous presentation experience, include links to videos if applicable.
  ULF – 2022 – ALD Newborn Screening in the United States

ASGCT – 2022- Advocacy for RUSP Implementation Funding

Hunter's Hope – 2023 – Eradicating Death by Zip Code

Target Audience:
  This would appeal to any conditions that currently have an available newborn screening test or any conditions that are currently in the process of creating a test.
Learning Outcomes:
  -An outline of Newborn Screening both Federally and in individual States.

-The problems that exist.

-What we can do as a community to create change.

Co-presenter or additional panelist recommendations

First Name Last Name Organization Job Title Email Address
ELISA SEEGER ALD Alliance Founder [email protected]

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