PKU (Phenylketonuria) is a rare, inherited metabolic disorder that is characterized by the inability of the body to utilize the essential amino acid, phenylalanine (Phe). PKU is caused by a deficiency of the liver produced enzyme phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH).  

When left untreated, PKU patients who consume too much Phe are at risk of severe neurological complications, including IQ loss, memory loss, concentration problems, mood disorders, and in some cases, severe mental retardation.

To help unite patients of this rare and rarely understood disease, the National PKU Alliance is putting together their 2014 National PKU Conference to bring patients and experts together for a chance to learn, share, and meet others going through similar medical challenges.

The conference will be held July 10-13 in Salt Lake City, UT. The conference promises three days of stimulating sessions, social networking, and fun! The registration for this conference is currently closed, the conference is fully sold out. If you’d like to be put on a waiting list, you can contact Christine Brown at

Kids Zone provides supervised care during the keynote and breakout sessions throughout the conference weekend. Children in attendance will participate in kid-friendly sessions, play games, and take a field trip to Camp Kostopulos.

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The Pheast a special low protein dinner and social for teens and adults. The dinner will be held Friday evening at the famous Founders Room overlooking the Temple Sqaure.

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The Scientific Poster Session allows you to learn about the latest PKU studies one-on-one with the researchers. As you walk through the set-up poster displays, you will have the opportunity to stop at any research poster that interests you and learn the information first hand while also having the ability to ask specific questions.

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Need directions to the conference location? Looking for transportation options from the SLC International Airport? Need to book your hotel room? This page will help you out!

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