In Memoriam – Professor Louis Isaac Woolf

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In MemoriamProfessor Louis Isaac Woolf, BSc, PhD, University College London 24 April 1919 – 7 February 2021 Professor Louis Isaac Woolf died aged 101 on 7 February 2021 in Vancouver, Canada, from a heart condition.  He is best known for developing his dietary treatment concept for phenylketonuria, PKU, based on a phenylalanine-depleted acid-treated milk protein.  In the late 1940s, when he was a biochemistry Research Fellow at Great Ormond Street Hospital, GOSH, in London, he had been pondering on possible treatments for the ‘untreatable, incurable’ PKU children seen there.  In what could now be considered translational research, a bridge between …

Rewatch the first E.S.PKU virtual conference now!

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We are happy to share with you the full video of the first ever virtual E.S.PKU conference. 2020 was a special year forcing us to not host our physical meeting in Spain but rather to have an online event instead. While this is not closely what a physical meeting can offer we think that we had a very interesting and smooth first online conference. In case you have missed it when it streamed live – you have now the unique chance to revisit the complete conference on our YouTube channel. Please also don’t forget to subsribe to our YouTube channel …

Vaccinations against COVID-19 and PKU

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Covid-19 is a serious infectious disease which can cause severe complications, including death. It is important that we do everything we can to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and a global vaccination programme is a crucial part of this. It is imperative that everyone with PKU who can participate in the Covid-19 vaccination programme should do so. REMEMBER, COVID-19 IS NOT LIKE FLU. IT IS MORE CONTAGIOUS, MORE DEADLY, AND IS SPREADING ACROSS A WORLD WHERE NO-ONE IS IMMUNE. If you do develop Covid-19, as with other infections, it is likely to cause high blood phenylalanine levels due to the …

SHEILA – Unlocking the treatment for PKU

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SHEILA – UNLOCKING THE TREATMENT FOR PKU(Published by Brewin Books) By Anne Green In 1951, at two years of age, Sheila Jones was diagnosed with Phenylketonuria (PKU). With no treatment available, Sheila’s mother Mary persevered until she obtained help from three pioneering doctors at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. They worked tirelessly to prepare a special formula for Sheila making her the first person in the world to receive dietary treatment for PKU. In this new book to be published in October 2020 Anne tells the remarkable story of Sheila and her important legacy – the introduction of newborn screening and worldwide …

World Mental Health Day: Time to look at ‘hidden’ mental health aspects

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Authors: We are celebrating World Mental Health Day on 10 October. This provides a useful occasion to focus on the many aspects related to mental ill health – including how mental health can be a ‘hidden’ but important co-morbidity of other conditions which are normally not directly associated with mental ill health. Phenylketonuria (PKU) is such a condition. It is a rare, multi-faceted, complex and lifelong condition, with seriously challenging consequences for day-to-day living for those affected and their families and carers. It is usually regarded as a metabolic condition as, in essence, a particular liver enzyme (phenylalanine hydroxylase) is …

SAVE THIS DATE: November 1st, 2020 – Digital E.S.PKU Conference

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SAVE THIS DATE: November 1st, 2020 Come together for the digital ESPKU Conference 2020! Due to the corona pandemic, this year it is impossible for ESPKU to run a face-to-face meeting with more than 500 people in Madrid, as initially planned. Nevertheless, the ESPKU Annual Conference will take place on Sunday, 1 November 2020: Digital, virtual, on the internet!  On this day, at 12:00 noon CET, the European PKU community will gather in front of their computers and smartphones. The virtual meeting will be accessible for patients and their relatives, patient’s representatives, healthcare providers and researchers from all over Europe …

The European Parliament Cross-Party Alliance on PKU

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ESPKU is in charge of coordinating the European Parliament Cross-Party Alliance on PKU , which was launched in March 2020 . What is the European Parliament Cross-Part Alliance in PKU? Cross-Party Alliances, more commonly known as Interest Groups, bring together MEPs interested in a specific issue that they would like to actively champion. In other words, these Alliances function as internal advocacy/pressure groups within the European Parliament. A wide variety of such groups is in existence, some more active than others; their influence can be sizeable as they can make use of various tools to put pressure – on the …

COVID-19 statement by E.S.PKU

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Needs of Patients with rare disorders of protein metabolism must not be neglected! Currently, the main focus of all health systems is the global fight against Covid-19. However, the treatment requirements of patients with rare disorders of protein metabolism must not be neglected. Phenylketonuria (PKU) and other rare disorders of protein metabolism require early diagnoses and immediate treatment. If left untreated, PKU causes severe mental and physical retardation. Effects on other diseases, such as Tyrosinemia or Maple Syrup Urea Disease (MSUD), can be potentially fatal. Neonatal screening must continue for every baby born. This is essential for timely diagnoses and …

E.S.PKU Conference 2020

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The ESPKU regret to announce that the Annual Conference scheduled for October 29th to November 1st, 2020 in Madrid has been deferred to 2021 due to the corona pandemic. We do not expect the impact of this pandemic to be resolved in time frame available. The ESPKU will consider possible virtual events and will provide further  information as appropriate. Consequently,  the 2021 Conference  will not take place in Georgia as initially planned. The Conferences in 2022 and 2023 (in France & the U.K) are not affected. This far-reaching decision was not easy for the ESPKU Board to take. However, after considering all options, this …

Spring Meeting & Conference 2020

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As you are aware there is a global outbreak of the coronavirus. As a responsible organization we are alway monitoring the situation and basing our decisions on this. As the situation is very unstable at the moment we need to inform our delegates that the spring meeting 2020 will not be held in Madrid. We will continue to have our spring meeting for our delegates as an online meeting. More information is available on the workplace for delegates. Please rest assured that we are also closely monitoring the situation for our annual conference this fall. As of right now we …