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4th ISNS Middle East-North Africa Regional Meeting

Limassol, Cyprus, March 8-11, 2020

"Introducing and expanding Newborn Screening in the MENA region"

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75 Amathounta Avenue

4532 Limassol, Cyprus

P.O.Box 50513, 3606 Limassol, Cyprus



By plane

Limassol is about a 40 minutes’ drive from both Larnaca and Paphos international airports. Larnaca mainly serves traditional scheduled airlines, whilst all of RyanAir's flights land in Paphos. There is a regular shuttle bus service from Larnaca and Paphos airports. As of 2013, the shuttle bus has a stop opposite the Grand Resort Hotel in Limassol's tourist area, which is also serviced by Bus #30 that goes around the sea road, thus allowing for easy transfer to hotels.


By boat

Limassol is home to Cyprus' largest commercial shipment port and a reasonable passenger port, with several regular cruise routes:


By bus

There are special Green Buses which operate intercity. Buses are available for Troodos, Larnaca, Pafos and Nicosia.


General information

Please find information on Limassol here

Welcome !


As President of the ISNS it is a great honour to invite you to the beautiful city of Limassol in Cyprus for the Fourth Middle East – North Africa Regional meeting of the ISNS to be held in March 2020.   The theme of the meeting “Introducing and Expanding newborn screening in the MENA region” provides a bold and forward looking vision reflecting the enthusiasm and established interest present in the region from which the conference seeks to offer a stimulus for new programmes to develop and existing programmes to expand.

It is an exciting time in newborn screening as we see new technologies and treatments providing fresh opportunities and imperatives for the early detection of childhood diseases.  Victor Skrinska as President of the Local Organising Committee and Anthi Drousiotou our local host are committed to creating the opportunity for networking in a participative workshop style and the beauty of spring in Cyprus should provide an enriching environment making this meeting an important event in screening world in 2020.   We look forward to welcoming you to Limassol.

Jim R Bonham



On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee and the ISNS, we invite our neonatal screening colleagues in the MENA Region and from around the world to join us in Limassol, Cyprus for the 4th ISNS MENA Region Meeting. Prevalence of treatable genetic disorders in the MENA Region is among the highest in the world and neonatal screening has a high potential for saving lives and sparing our children from life-long disabilities. However, this can only happen by implementing efficient, effective, and high quality screening programs. The scientific program of the Meeting will focus on “Introducing and Expanding Newborn Screening in the MENA Region” and will provide valuable information and discussion for programs at an early stage of development as well as the most advanced screening laboratories. The format will include keynote lectures, MENA Regional updates, submitted oral and poster presentations, and workshops with expert panels. The MENA Region offers a unique set of cultural and scientific challenges to neonatal screening. Please join us in Limassol to share your experience and successes and listen to the successes of your colleagues in meeting these challenges.

Victor A Skrinska


Local Organising Committee

Victor Skrinska (Qatar) chair
Anthi Drousiotou (Cyprus)
Marios Vogazianos (Cyprus)
Issam Khneisser (Lebanon)
Kate Hall (UK)
Peter Schielen (Netherlands)
Gerard Loeber (Netherlands)

Scientific Committee

Jim Bonham (UK) chair
Mei Baker (USA)
Roberto Giugliani (Brazil)
Kate Hall (UK)
Seema Kapoor (India)
Issam Khneisser (Lebanon)
Gerard Loeber (Netherlands)
Dave Millington (USA)
Kostas Petritis (USA)
Iveta Sosova (Canada)
Peter Schielen (Netherlands)
Lesley Tetlow (UK)
Brad Therrell (USA)
Dianne Webster (NZ)
Veronica Wiley (AUS)
Rolf Zetterstrom (Sweden)


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c/o Mrs Gaëlle Notzli

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