Medical Information on Urea Cycle Disorders

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Living with UCD in a COVID-19 World Series - Information on COVID-19 in UCD and COVID-19 vaccines in UCD.

Discover a Hero - Mitchell's Story of a Rare Genetic Disorder and Clinical Trials Participation

Mitchell and his mom share their story from diagnosis with a urea cycle disorder to participation in a clinical trial, and the importance of participating in clinical trials to advance treatments.


Zoey's Story - Raising Awareness of Urea Cycle Disorders

"One powerful message is that a simple, inexpensive, and routine blood test could have saved Zoey's life. Teaching the urea cycle pathway isn't enough. Every medical student, Every intern, Every physician, Every physician assistant, Every nurse, Every healthcare provider, Every resident assistant, Every coach -- Everyone should see this video."

Lorraine Potocki, M.D., F.A.C.M.G.
Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics
Baylor College of Medicine


Sensory Processing Issues in Urea Cycle Disorders

Learn more about how sensory processing issues in UCD, how to identify them, and how they affect learning and behavior.

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NUCDF Rare Disease Day 2021


NUCDF Rare Disease Day 2019


Meet Kristy - NUCDF Rare Disease Day 2019


Rare Disease Day 2018 - Honoring UCD families, driving research forward


Rare Disease Day 2017 - Raising UCD Awareness


It's been a busy summer!

Connecting families, educating providers and first responders, research meetings, new treatments in the pipeline, new studies, providing life-saving information and support to newly diagnosed families and adults, and to our UCD veterans.


Inspiration Videos

Engage and Make a Difference

Life is short...Engage...Donate...Make a Difference!


Brain Power

Preserving it is what our fight is all about!


Learn more about UCD

NUCDF Conference Presentation Series

Liver Transplant for Urea Cycle Disorders

Presentation by liver specialist, Emily Perito, MD, MAS, Assistant Adjunct Professor, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Benioff Children's Hospital, University of California, San Francisco.


Fuel up for Health - Eat better to stay healthy!

Presentation by Debra Geary-Hook, MPH, RD, expert in nutritional management of urea cycle disorders.


Effects of High Glutamine Levels on Outcome

Elevated glutamine levels are a sign of metabolic instability that can negatively effect brain function and performance, and lead to elevated ammonia levels. Uta Konecki-Lichter, MD reports on the results of a recent study.


Straight Talk about Thinking Straight

Children and adults with UCD often have problems with executive function (cognition, focus, attention, etc.) due to alterations in brain chemistry caused by UCD. This video explains these effects and provides helpful information to improve function. Presented by Susan Waisbren, Ph.D.


It's all About Nutrition - Optimizing Nutrition to Improve Health in UCDs

The UCD diet is one of the pillars of management. This video explains the basics, provides healthy choices, and how to manipulate the diet to improve stability and overall health. Presented by Debra Geary-Hook, MPH, RD, UCD expert in nutritional management.


When Food is Medicine; Oral Feeding Principals for Families Considering


Children with UCD commonly experience feeding issues that contribute to metabolic instability. This video explores oral feeding principles and the common questions and issues parents have when making decisions about G-tube placement. Presented by Nancy Creschoff Maune, OTR, Beth Herp, RD, Laura Pickler, MD, MPH.


UCD Research: Urea Cycle Nutrition and Immunity Study

Dr. Peter McGuire outlines this important study that investigated the effects of the UCD diet on immune response.

For Kids

Susie's Song - Germ takes a Journey

Great cartoon and song about how a germ travels (From Sid the Science Kid, Jim Henson Productions).