The MSUD Symposium, held this year on June 20 through 22 in Columbus, OH, is history. History should be recorded. So this issue of the Newsletter will attempt to help those who attended the conference to recall some of the information and good times, and also share it with those who could not be there.

Dave and Sandy Bulcher did a super job, planning and putting on such a great, well-organized event. They are still involved in follow-up projects and tying up loose ends, such as passing on information and material to the PA group for the '98 Symposium.

Tish Fuller took notes on the talks given at the Symposium. I was able to listen to the taped speeches and add some information to her notes. Most speakers used visuals and handouts, which complemented the presentations. In the following summaries, I attempt to cover highlights of the speeches.

Due to the good response from the families during and since the Symposium, I have more material than will conveniently fit into this Newsletter. So the following summaries only cover the speeches given the first full day (Friday) of the Symposium. I expect to cover Saturday's speeches and activities in our next (spring/summer) issue. That issue will include material on sibling issues, nutrition, self-esteem and descriptions of MSUD treatment in Chile and Australia.


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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