This scholarship honors the lives of two remarkable people, Dr. Robert Guthrie
and Dr. Richard Koch, whose work changed the face of PKU.
Dr. Robert Guthrie, creator of the PKU newborn screening test, died in 1995. In
memory of his remarkable gift to PKU children, this higher education
scholarship program was started after his death. After he developed the test in
1961, he spent more than thirty years advocating for the establishment of
newborn screening programs in the United States and many other countries and
became a Board member of National PKU News in 1989 when it started, until his
death at age 79.
Dr. Richard Koch, a long-time colleague and friend of Dr. Guthrie, died on
September 24, 2011. We decided to honor him by adding his name to the
scholarship program. Dr. Koch dedicated his entire career of more than 50 years
to identify, treat and help find a cure for PKU. His work was at the forefront
of PKU treatment and research. Dr. Koch was the principal investigator on two
large collaborative studies on PKU children and maternal PKU that forever
changed how PKU was treated. He also lobbied tirelessly for newborn screening
There is no question that young people with PKU who are bound for higher
education programs owe this opportunity to early screening and diet treatment.
Over the years, the scholarship program has honored more than 125 outstanding
young people with PKU who have gone on to succeed in careers as distinguished
doctors, lawyers, scientists, teachers and professors, pilots, musicians,
artists, actors, and so many others.
We hope families and others whose lives have been touched by Dr. Guthrie's and
Dr. Koch's remarkable careers will generously support The Guthri-Koch PKU
Scholarship. It exists only because of your donations.
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