Carmencita David Padilla

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Dr. Carmencita David-Padilla is a Professor in Pediatrics at the College of Medicine, Director of the Institute of Human Genetics and Director of the Newborn Screening Reference Center at the National Institutes of Health Philippines- University of the Philippines Manila. She is Co-Chair of the National Technical Working Group on Newborn Screening at the Department of Health. She is founding president of the Newborn Screening Society of the Philippines. Her contribution to the field of Genetics has been recognized through various awards – University of the Philippines 2005 Outstanding Researcher, University of the Philippines Manila 2002 Gem for Outstanding Work in Newborn Screening, Trophy of Excellence for the Most Outstanding Research Group for the Newborn Screening 2000, Most Outstanding Alumnus for Community Service (National Level) for the year 1998, given by the UP Alumni Association, The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines for Medicine (Medical Genetics) for the year 1994 and the Medal for Leadership of the Gerry Roxas Foundation field of Medicine (Medical Genetics) for the year 1994. Dr Padilla finished her medical degree at the College of Medicine, University of the Philippines in 1981, after which she undertook Fellowship in Clinical Genetics at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, Sydney Australia. She recently completed a Masters of Health Policy Studies at the College of Public Health, University of the Philippines Manila. Dr Padilla introduced newborn screening in the Philippines in 1996 and is responsible for the Newborn Screening Act of 2004, integrating newborn screening in the health care delivery system. She has edited or co-edited numerous books, book chapters, and scientific articles in the areas of pediatrics, genetics and newborn screening. She has served as expert reviewer for newborn screening programs in several foreign countries. She has recently been inducted as an honorary member of the UPLB Genetics Society.


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