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PKU Academy Newsletter: Fourth Issue

PKU Academy Newsletter: Fourth Issue
  • Endocrinology and metabolism
  • Phenylketonuria (PKU)

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Winter 2012/2013

Welcome to Issue Four of the PKU Academy Newsletter


In this edition of the PKU Academy Newsletter we report on the highlights of the Society for the Study of Inborn Errors of Metabolism (SSIEM) Annual Symposium 2012. We also feature highlights from the 26th Conference of the European Society for Phenylketonuria and Allied Disorders Treated as Phenylketonuria (ESPKU).

Both these meetings took place in the UK in a Diamond Jubilee year, the 60th anniversary of Sheila Jones, patient of Dr Horst Bickel, becoming the first person to be treated for PKU with a phenylalanine (Phe)-restricted diet at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

We celebrate another jubilee in this issue with a profile of Eleanor Weetch, who has retired after 25 years as the dietitian for the UK National Society for Phenylketonuria (NSPKU).

Continuing our series of ‘Perspectives’ interviews, we focus on the views of three more people behind the presentations and papers.

Prof Ania Muntau talks about communicating with parents after a diagnosis of PKU.

Prof Laurie Bernstein talks about the need for better education to improve adherence to PKU treatment.

Dr Søren Gersting shares his views on how bioinformatics is impacting on PKU research.

In this issue, we also look at the life of the artist Bryan Pearce from Cornwall (UK), who was born with PKU, was untreated and today is recognized internationally for his paintings.

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