So much has happened since our last newsletter! Due to my geographical proximity and my RD status, I was asked to represent our group at the Genetic and Metabolic Dietitians International (GMDI) conference in Baltimore on April 15-17. I arrived with brochures describing our support group, and manned a table in the exhibit hall where I met many dietitians from all over the world. I was amazed and thrilled to hear that 5 were in attendance from Australia, 7 from Venezuela, and 2 from Poland! I'm sure I met dietitians who work with many of you. I know I met the Brubachers'!

When I wasn't in the exhibit hall, I attended sessions. I learned that an initiative is underway to develop nutrition guidelines for all of the Inborn Errors of Metabolism, including MSUD. Dianne M. Frazier, PhD, MPH, RD is spearheading this project, and describes it in her article on page 3.

I also learned practical guidelines for helping children with limited diets have a positive eating experience, and heard psychologist Susan Weisbran, PhD report on her work in the area of neuropsychology and Inborn Errors of Metabolism. It was incredibly reassuring to know that so many capable people are working so hard to help affected individuals live up to their potential. Special thanks to Applied Nutrition Corp. for helping to fund my trip. More recently, Hannah (classic 16 years), Jerry and I attended Symposium 2010 in Libertyville, Illinois. The symposium never disappoints. We met many new families, shared advice, and were motivated to continue our advocacy efforts. Hannah and I decided it was time to take part in a fundraising effort. Barbara Mudrick has agreed to lend us her expertise, we've rounded up extended family members, and we're planning an event in the Chicago area. We hope to raise money for research efforts as well as practical help for MSUD families in need.

This issue is packed with information on the symposium for those of you who were unable to attend. We also have an article on genetic counseling and two on MSUD and pregnancy, one written from the perspective of a mom and the other by dietitian Sandy van Calcar, who teaches us what she has learned helping individuals with MSUD experience safe pregnancies (see page 14). Glenda Groff continues to provide us with recipes to tempt the appetite, and Joyce Brubacher tells us about her experiences in Costa Rica. Anyone can write for the MSUD newsletter. We all have a story to tell. Writing expertise isn't required, just your willingness to help others through your words and wisdom. Start today by writing down your thoughts, and I'll help you turn it into an article for the next issue.

In health,
Karen Dolins


The MSUD Family Support Group is currently funding several research projects and we are proactively looking for researchers interested in developing new treatments or finding a cure for MSUD. Significant funding is necessary if we are to accomplish this goal.
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