Nikolai Rudd (classic MSUD) graduated with a BA degree on May 10, 1997 from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. Nikolai, who lives in North Adams, Massachusetts with his parents, Barbara and Eric Rudd, majored in Theater Studies.

Nikolai was especially busy during his last year, serving as the film coordinator for the Student Union and president of the Guilford Revelers, a student drama organization. Through this group, Nikolai spearheaded the production and was director of the play, "A Few Good Men." (The movie by that name starred Tom Cruise.)

While attending college, Nikolai was able to maintain his diet satisfactorily. His parents arranged a close cooperation between Dr. Jerry Joines, a Greensboro doctor, Dr. Stephen Kahler, a specialist at Duke University Hospital (one hour away), and Nikolai's regular doctor, Dr. Vivian Shih, at Massachusetts General Hospital. Although Nikolai had to go to the local hospital a few times for overnight IV treatments during his first three years of college - done as a preventive measure when he was coming down with a cold - no further medical attention was needed.

Nikolai was able to fully participate in college activities. The college agreed to a greatly reduced board fee because of the limited amount of food Nikolai was able to eat in the college cafeteria. The MSUD formula was sent directly to Nikolai who prepared it in his room. He is presently back in North Adams where he is pursuing employment in his field.

Congratulations, Nikolai, from the MSUD Family Support Group. We wish you well.


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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