Rare Disease Day
2018 theme: Research -
Taking patient involvement to the next level
This special day aimed to draw attention to rare diseases and the millions of people who are affected by them, highlighting the need for more research and funding to help sufferers and their families.
On Monday 26 February 2018, Royal Holloway ran its annual Rare Disease Day event raising awareness of rare diseases and the millions of families who are affected by them. The event included a range of talks, activities and exhibitions.
The full list of speakers, events and activities can be found here.
You can watch the talks here. The presenters on the day were:
- Welcome, Professor Katie Normington
- Introduction to Rare Disease Day, Professor Rafael Yáñez
- The Role of Research Charities for Rare Diseases: The SMA Trust, James Sleigh
- Genes, Gene Therapies & GM Humans, Professor George Dickson
- Living with Epidermolysis Bullosa: a Rare Disease of the Skin, Christo Kapourani
Our 2018 exhibitors
Ashford and St. Peter's HospitalsAction DuchenneA-T SocietyDEBRAGenetic Alliance UK MDS UK Patient Support GroupMuscular Dystrophy UK Spinal Muscular Atrophy Support UK The British Society for Gene and Cell TherapyThe Ichthyosis Support Group The SMA Trust Tuberous Sclerosis Association
Watch our Rare Disease Day film to understand the reasons why we support this important annual event.
About rare diseases research at Royal Holloway
Royal Holloway is a leading institution in the development of novel therapies for rare diseases, including Spinal muscular atrophy, Spinal injury, Ataxia Telangiectasia and Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Our scientists in the School of Biological Sciences are at the forefront in developing innovative techniques in gene and cell therapy. Much of this research is carried out in the labs of our RDD organiser Professor Rafael Yáñez and co-organiser Professor George Dickson.
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