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E.S.PKU on Rare Disease Day 2016

Today, February 29th, it’s Rare Disease Day 2016! #PKU #RareDiseaseDay Metabolic Disorders, such as Phenylketonuria, is a rare disease. Help raise awareness for PKU so that people understand our situation better. You may want to check the official website for the rare disease day in order to find out what’s happening in your town! We want to share this video by Kevin Alexander to you, showing an inspiring PKU story. Also don’t forget to prepare yourself for June 28th – International PKU Day. Raising more awareness for Phenylketonuria is essential to achieve a better quality of life. To see why that is …

Latest developments on the review of the EU legislation on dietary food (FSMP)

New rules for Food for Special Medical Purposes (FSMP) have passed the EU Parliament A delegated regulation on FSMP will complement the provisions on the Food for Specific Consumer Groups Regulation (EU 609/2013) to ensure appropriate requirements for the composition, labelling and communication of FSMPs and thereby shall guarantee availability and perceptibility of low protein food for dietary management of Phenylketonuria and allied disorders In early 2015 we reported on the current review of EU legislation on dietary food: the former Directive 2009/39/EC (framework directive) has been repealed by a new Regulation (EU) 609/2013 on Food for Specific Consumer Groups (FSG) …

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Rare Disease Day 2016 – Get Active

Rare Disease Day 2016 is held on the last day of February. This means it’s on the 29th of February 2016. As Phenylketonuria is one of those rare diseases it’s important to honor this day and remember others about the existence of rare diseases. It’s important you get active yourself. Visit the official Rare Disease Day Website, or your local Rare Disease organization, for more information. We also want to share with you the official Video for the Rare Disease Day 2016. If you have a moment more to spare we also want to point you to the PKU Day. PKU …

E.S.PKU 2015 Conference Experiences

We are looking back at a very successful E.S.PKU conference 2015. As you might have seen there are quite a lot of official videos available for our conference 2015 in Berlin, Germany. If you haven’t seen them yet – or want to watch them again – they are all linked on our conference page. There you can also experience a lot more about the conference. But of course there aren’t just our conference experiences, but those of participants. We are happy that this year we had some attendees who brought along their own cameras, blogs, etc. to capture their experience with the …

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European Phenylketonuria – PKU Guidelines

The European Guidelines for Phenylketonuria is one of the latest projects funded by E.S.PKU. The project was started after the publication of the consensus paper, written by delegates of E.S.PKU, showing the needs and wishes for guidelines. Under the lead of Professor Francjan J. van Spronsen and E.S.PKU SAC (scientific advisory committee) those independent PKU guidelines have been developed, with the help of about 20 professionals, experts in PKU, over the past three years. At the annual E.S.PKU conference 2015 in Berlin, Germany- excerpts from these guidelines were presented to the professionals as well as parents/patients. One of the main aims of the Guidelines is that they …

Passing of Ass. Prof. Flemming Güttler, M.D., Ph.D.

We are mourning the passing of the former chairman of the ESPKU Scientific Advisory Committee Ass. Prof. Flemming Güttler, M.D., Ph.D. On December 30th 2015, Flemming Güttler passed away at the age of 81. Officers and members of ESPKU remember him being an active Chairman of the ESPKU Scientific Advisory Committee from 1988 until 2000. With his professional experience and his great personal commitment he helped ESPKU connect to professionals and patients from all over Europe and to make our Society well known and accepted in the scientific world. It was his passion to prevent the devastating outcomes of untreated …

E.S.PKU & PKUBoard present: PKU Travel Network

In the past E.S.PKU has been approached to set up a travel network for PKU patients. In order to achieve this goal we have partnered with PKUBoard1, an online messaging board. There are two reasons why E.S.PKU has decided to work together with PKUBoard on this matter: The E.S.PKU website is an information page and does not allow member registration Besides the conference E.S.PKU does not interact with patients directly, but offers an umbrella organization to it’s members (local organizations) The travel network has been introduced at the annual E.S.PKU Conference 2015 at the patients session. Here you can get the idea in …

Travelling to the E.S.PKU Conference 2015

Dear participants of the 2015 E.S.PKU Annual Conference, In a few days we will meet to one of the biggest PKU Events of the year, the ESPKU Annual Conference 2015 in Berlin. To make your travel as convenient as possible, please find attached some information about how to get to the conference hotel from the Station Schönefeld-Airport or from the airport itself. Those who are accommodated in the InterCityHotel Berlin-Brandenburg Airport, here is the address: Am Seegraben 2, 12529 Berlin-Schönefeld, Tel.: +49 30 756 5751-0 This hotel is located directly opposite to the airport Berlin-Schönefeld. If you arrive at Schönefeld station, …

Review of EU legislation on dietary food

Review of EU legislation on dietary food could mean a significant backward step for the treatment and management of Phenylketonuria (PKU) On March 28th, 2105 the Spring Meeting of the European Society for Phenylketonuria and Allied Disorders took place in Berlin, Germany. 24 delegates from 13 national PKU Associations took part and discussed the latest political developments. PKU patients have to follow a strict low protein diet supplemented by an amino acid replacement. They have to calculate the intake of Phenylalanine to avoid any health problems related to the disease. Therefore quantitative labelling of Phenylalanine is crucial for their daily …