June 28th is International PKU Day. The date has been designated International PKU Day since 2013. The date was chosen as June 28th coincides with the birthday of two PKU stalwarts; Robert Guthrie (1016 – 1995) and Horst Bickel (1918 – 2000).
This year the day holds a special significance as it is the 100th anniversary of Horst Bickel’s birth. Horst Bickel was the pioneering German doctor who, together with colleagues at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, successfully treated a patient with PKU for the first time. Robert Guthrie is best known as the American microbiologist who developed the screening test for PKU.
Here in the NCIMD, we plan to mark International PKU Day on Wednesday, June 27th at our PKU clinic. We will have a host of fun activities for the children, including cupcakes and biscuit decorating, face painting, arts & crafts and a visit from our two Peata therapy dogs!
The theme for the day is the Mad Hatter’s PHE Party!
There will be a few children attending for their normal clinic appointment that day, but any other child with PKU and their family is most welcome to attend the fun activities during the morning. The event will run from 10am to 1pm. Tea and coffee will be available for parents.
As part of the celebrations, all patients with PKU will be entered into a raffle here in the NCIMD for a €50 Smyth’s voucher. No purchase required and all patients, not only attendees on the day, will be included in the raffle.
For further information please contact
Metabolic Nurse Specialists (Maria or Celine) on 01 – 8784409 or