It is hard to believe that it is fall already and I have managed to survive almost 6 months of being
President! I am so fortunate to have the support of Sandy van Calcar and the rest of the Board of
Directors to help me along.
I would like to welcome our new Executive Manager, Nancy Callanan who joined us in April 2015. Nancy
brings a wealth of expertise from her many years as a genetic counselor and active involvement on the
Board of Directors for the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC). She has a great perspective
and will be instrumental in helping move the organization along. To contact Nancy, please feel free to
email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, a huge thanks to Carol Williams who served as our Executive Manager
since April 2006.
The conference planning committee has been working hard and very excited about our upcoming
conference in 2016. Mark your calendars for “Metabolic Nutrition in the 21st Century –Looking Towards
the Future.” It will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona April 28-30, 2016.
We are happy to announce that GMDI continues to be more involved in the North America Metabolic
Academy (NAMA), a training program targeted to educate new physicians to metabolics. For the first
time we will have our own Dianne Frazier as a member of the faculty, giving an overview of nutritional
management of inborn errors. Shideh Mofidi will also be in attendance to participate in workshops and
answer questions throughout the first few days of the course.
The nutrition guideline project in cooperation with the Southeast Regional Genetics Collaborative (SERC) is making great progress. The MSUD
toolkit should be available later this month. Stayed tuned –an eblast and notice on the Listserv will be sent when it is ready. We are looking for new members to help with the guidelines. Please contact Fran Rohr email@example.com if you are interested.
We can always use more members and have our present members become more involved. Thanks for your commitment to this amazing organization –keep us growing. To paraphrase JFK –It’s not what GMDI can do for you but what you can do for GMDI!!