Amy Cunningham is the senior Metabolic Nutritionist with the Hayward Genetics Center at Tulane University School of Medicine. She is a Licensed and Registered Dietitian and holds an MS in nutrition with a minor in biochemistry. As part of the Tulane clinical genetics team, she coordinates dietary treatment for children and adults with inherited metabolic disease, and participates in Hayward research projects and teaching programs. Amy is a Founding Board member, and Past President of Genetic Metabolic Dietitians International (GMDI). She is co-chair of the PKU Workgroup for the joint GMDI and SERC Genetics and Newborn Screening Collaborative project to develop evidenced-based treatment guidelines for metabolic diseases. She is a past board member of the Southeastern Regional Genetics Group (SERGG), a member of the Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders (SIMD), and is past chair of the ADA specialty practice group for inborn errors of metabolism. She has contributed to initiatives at the federal level: a NORD/GMDI effort to enhance access to metabolic treatment components, an ACMG workgroup to develop ACT Sheets for age transitioning patients, and an NIH review of the state of the science in PKU. She sits on advisory boards for BioMarin and Merck pharmaceutical companies.
Areas of Expertise
Coordination of nutrition therapy for children and adults with inherited metabolic diseases – full range of disease syndromes
Cunningham A, Bausell H, Brown M, Chapman M, DeFouw K, Ernst S, McClure J, McCune H, O'Steen D, Pender A, Skrabal J, Wessel A, Jurecki E, Shediac R, Prasad S, Gillis J, Cederbaum S. Recommendations for the use of sapropterin in phenylketonuria. Mol Genet Metab. 2012 Jul;106(3):269-76. doi: 10.1016/j.ymgme.2012.04.004. Epub 2012 Apr 13.PMID:22575621
Bettiol,E, Marant,C, Burlna,A, Cunningham, A, Gasteyger,C, Benmedjahed,K, Abetz,L, Champigneulle,A: International Development of Disease-specific Questionnaires to Assess the Impact of Phenylketonuria and Its Treatment on Daily Life: Qualitative Steps. Poster presentation at 2010 SSIEM conference, Istanbul, Turkey
Cunningham,A, Pridjian,G, Andersson,HC: PKU Treatment With Tetrahydrobiopterin (Sapropterin) During Pregnancy. Poster presentation, American Society of Human Genetics conference 2008, updated at International Congress of Inborn Errors of Metabolism, 2009.
Nutrition Management Guidelines Activity
2008 - Present