Today the world-wide PKU Community celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Professor Bob Guthrie. Professor Guthrie had a PKU niece and wanted to find a way to diagnose those born with PKU at birth and ensure all babies born were screened for PKU.
He invented heel prick test also known as the Guthrie test for all new-borns.
This test was the fore-runner for worldwide New Born Screening that we recognise today.
He campaigned tirelessly in several countries to get New Born Screening adopted and along the way saved thousands of lives.
Today his legacy continues in screening for many Rare Diseases at birth.
Please join with us in this tribute to this great man on International PKU Day.