Recognition Society

Asbjørn Følling Society

Ivar Asbjørn Følling (1888-1973) was a brilliant Norwegian physician and biochemist. He was asked to examine a brother and sister, Dag and Liv Egland, by their desperate parents. Dag and Liv appeared healthy at birth, but they later displayed inexplicable developmental disabilities.

Dr. Følling worked diligently to find the answer. He tested the children's urine and eventually isolated the substance phenylpyruvic acid as the cause of Dag and Liv's condition.

He examined other impaired children living in nearby mental institutions and discovered in their urine samples a similar overabundance of phenlpyruvic acid. His discoveries let him to further characterize and discover Følling's disease - now called PKU.

To acknowledge Følling's determination and NPKUA's most generous donors, the NPKUA Board has established the Asbjørn Følling Society (AFS). Members of the AFS make an annual gift of $1,000 or more to improve the lives of those with PKU while advancing research for novel treatments and pursuing a cure.

Benefits of Joining

Society members are recognized for their membership each year. They will receive special opportunities to participate in exclusive events with other AFS members. They events will, when possible, include access to researchers who are advancing better treatments.

Opportunities for Membership

Guthrie Circle: $25,000 and above
Robert Guthrie developed the newborn screening blood test to identify PKU at birth.

Tia's Circle: $10,000 - $24,999
Tia Piziali was the inspiration for the NPKUA's "Lifting the Limits" fundraising events.

Koch Circle: $5,000 - $9,999
Richard Koch was the first to recognize that PKU treatment was required for life

Woolf Circle: $2,500 - $4,999
Louis Woolf developed the first medical formula to treat PKU.

Bickel Circle: $1.000 - $2,499
Horst Bickel was the first physician to successfully treat PKU with dietary therapy.

Join the Asbjørn Følling Society today!