Over 225 UCD families and medical professionals gathered in sunny Southern California for a life-changing experience. It was an opportunity for all to meet and learn about advances in research, new treatments, and cutting-edge management insights that can help improve the lives of children and adults with UCD.
Our conference hotel, Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, located on beautiful Mission Bay, was the perfect location for our families to have some "family time" together enjoying the breathtaking views and activities.
Our children had a great time in our Kids Kamp childcare, developed specially to meet the needs of kids with UCD. They made new friends and learned they were not "the only one" who had UCD.
Our Keynote Address and General Session included presentations from top researchers and clinical experts on new research, treatment and management insights. Breakouts included open discussions among families and medical professionals on liver transplant, behavior issues, upcoming clinical trials, and international research collaborations.
REVIEWS, COMMENTS FOR THE 2013 VIRTUAL
"So pleased to be able to join in this year. The Florida 2008 conference was such a long time ago, but we loved being there. Thanks for making it possible to join in again this year from the UK xxx"
"Excellent job!! ....amazing amount of information, great interaction, and I think you've touched many families today that could not have made the trip!! We watched the whole thing. ...Nice job."
"Great conference! Lots of info to digest and discuss with my doctors! Thank you to NUCDF and all of the presenters!"
"I just wanted to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed this years virtual conference and appreciate all the hard work and dedication it took to make it all possible. It was truly informative and I gained more knowledge after listening to each presentation. Our son (arginase defeciency) spent weeks in hospital this winter due to high ammonia levels and I was really looking forward to the conference. I just wanted to send this email to let you know I really appreciated today... thinking of you all and all our urea cycle families!"
"Congratulations on the conference. It was amazing to see the progress that has been made since I first started attending!"
"My husband and I have never attended a conference before, but we were completely surprised (and a bit overwhelmed) with the information that was provided. We learned an incredible amount that we think will help us in caring for our daughter. She has had some bouts in the hospital recently that our doctors couldn't figure out, but the reasons were made clear to us by the information in Dr. Lee's presentation! Thank you for all your efforts to give our families access to this conference. We hope to be able to attend in person next year."
"NUCDF is always on the cutting edge - great idea and great conference!"
HIGHLIGHTS, REVIEWS FROM 2012 CONFERENCE
"Thanks for inviting our NIH research department to the NUCDF family conference. It is always a pleasure to meet with families, learn from their experiences, and remind myself why I am so committed to to this resilient group of families. After presenting some of our animal findings with the OTC and citrullinemia mouse models, I wound up talking to a number of families that may be interested in coming to NIH. Thank you for posting the research studies on the NUCDF website. I hope Advocacy Day is successful in raising awareness. I am looking forward to the meeting next year and presenting some more of our findings."
~ Peter McGuire, MD
UCD Nutrition & Immunity Study
National Institutes of Health
"I just wanted you to know that it was amazing...you coordinated doctors and researchers from all over the world. All of the planning and organization that your team put forth was so obvious to everyone there. It was a top-notch conference..."
~ Mindy, Maryland
"Brent and I wanted to write you a little note and say thank you for creating a conference with such a wealth of professional and personal information. The people we met were wonderfully caring and willing to help if they could. The level of commitment shown by the doctors, researchers and parents gave us the extra boost we needed to start asking questions once again and seeking answers to questions about our son's quality of treatment and overall health. It was so encouraging to see that people do care and are working towards finding a cure for all UCDs that is manageable for families. Once again we appreciate all that you have done for us and our family.
~Brent & Amanda, Canada
"My daughter and I were both so grateful to be able to participate in this conference. It was a wonderful experience -- and a first rate conference. We gained so many valuable insights that we are both still digesting what we heard. I can only imagine the work and dedication you gave to make it possible and to assemble so many people of such caliber and dedication and heart."
"I wanted to congratulate you again on a very successful conference! The work that you and the Foundation have done to raise awareness and funding for the research and hopefully cure for urea cycle disorders is nothing short of amazing."
~Leslie, Washington, DC
"The conference was amazing. Every time we attend we see so much progress."
"This was our first conference and it truly was such a fabulous weekend. It was such a memorable weekend and we learned so much! Please let me know how I can be of service to NUCDF."