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    We are a 501(3)c charitable organization. We are a volunteer group of individuals committed to provide support, information, education and advocacy to individuals with PKU and other inborn errors of metabolism.
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    2310 Homestead Rd Suite C1, Box 154 Los Altos, CA 94024.

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    Established in 1981, we were known as PKU Parents of California. In 2005, we changed the name to the California Coalition for PKU and Allied Disorders in order to provide support to individuals with genetic IEM’s.
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    Our Mission is to provide support to all families living in California who are involved with or affected by PKU and/or Allied Disorders.

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    Welcome

    to the California Coalition for PKU and Allied Disorders (CCPKUAD)
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    20

    October
    2016

    Dear California PKU Community and CCPKUAD friends, I wanted to write and share my experience that several of our California families were also able to experience at the National PKU Alliance (NPKUA) Conference in late July in Indianapolis, IN.  The NPKUA is made up of various PKU organizations from across the country including CCPKUAD, and is focused on finding a cure for PKU.  This conference happens every other year and is always a great learning experience.  The 3 day event features the latest on PKU research in search of a cure, PKU vendors from all over the country, lectures on practical topics for managing PKU diet and an awesome kid’s zone for kids 6-13 so their parents may go learn.  This year, over 600 people attended the conference with approximately 150 of them with PKU. I wanted to call out two of our CCPKUAD board members for their bringing their awesome experience to the NPKUA conference.

    Kathryn Moseley, past CCPKUAD president, presented research showing results of PKU patients increasing neurotransmitter metabolism with large neutral amino acid (LNAA) therapy by evaluating urine melatonin, which may be a potential biomarker for metabolic control.

    Kathryn and Margaret Knight (cPKU), another CCPKUAD board member, both gave briefings on the care for women with PKU who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant. The session was very well attended.

    Finally, both Kathryn and Margaret also stayed on at the end of the conference for the NPKUA Maternal Mentor Training session. This session focused on training the Maternal Mentors on their work with other PKU women, for successful pregnancies, who want to become or are pregnant. The NPKUA provides emergency assistance to women particularly in early weeks of pregnancy get Low protein food and assist with lowering PHE levels to clinical recommendations as quickly as possible. Great job Kathryn and Margaret!

    There were many exciting things to learn about in the research and we personally left believing that there will be a cure in our 10 year old cPKUer’s lifetime.  There is tremendous research in the areas of: home phe monitoring, both genetically modified probiotics and liver gene therapy as PKU treatments.

    We also enjoyed attending sessions on how to manage your PKU child during sports activities, managing the sometimes nightmare insurance process and teaching PKUers self-management skills. I encourage you to take some time and read the research on the NPKUA website – they are in the process of posting all of the slides from all of the briefings on their website at http://www.npkua.org./  If you are not an NPKUA member, I really encourage you to join as a family for $30/year.  Together, we can make a big difference and support research to find a cure for PKU.  The more families are involved, the better for all. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I look forward to seeing you at our next event.

    Kind regards,

    Diane Pytel President/CCPKUAD

     

    Past CCPKUAD President, Kathryn Moseley  and CCPKUAD Board Member, Margaret Knight at NPKUA Conference 2016: image1


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    CCPKUAD is a 501(3)c non-profit organization. We are a volunteer group of individuals committed to provide support, information, education and advocacy to individuals with PKU and other inborn errors of metabolism.
    We became an organization in 1981 formed by parents and our group was formerly known as PKU Parents of California.
    In 2005 we changed the name to the California Coalition for PKU and Allied Disorders in order to provide support for other individuals with genetic IEMs. After a 4 year period of inactivity, the current group of officers resurrected the group in an effort to bring together this community and provide a much needed organization in California.
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