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Rare Disease Day 2011

Royal Holloway is a leading institution in the development of novel therapies for rare diseases, including Spinal muscular atrophy, Spinal injury, Severe combined immunodeficiency (referred to as ‘child in a bubble’ disease) and Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Our scientists in the School of Biological Sciences are developing innovative techniques in gene and cell therapy. Much of this research is carried out in the labs of our RDD organiser Dr Rafael Yáñez and co-organiser Professor George Dickson.

We organised a full programme of activities to support Rare Disease Day on 28 February 2011, inviting the College community as well as local secondary schools and the wider community. All activities were highly interactive and pitched to the level of a non-scientific audience.

Lectures, exhibitions, online and hands on activities, lab visits, documentary screenings, a networking event and debate were used to showcase the experience of affected people and their carers, the College's research and teaching in our School of Biological Sciences, and exciting new developments in Gene Therapy.


2011 full programme - download here (PDF)

Watch the Livestream from the event



Royal Holloway student volunteers in Founder's Building.


Afternoon presentation by Julian Walker from Genetic Alliance UK in the Picture Gallery.


Learning about muscular dystrophy in the Picture Gallery Exhibition.


The British Society for Gene Therapy stand attracted constant attention. 


Jennifer Trust for Spinal muscular atrophy exhibitors take a DNA origami break.


The Royal Holloway BioSciences Society student volunteers had a major role. 


Poster Session in the Picture Gallery.


Online activity in the Computer Lab.


Debate in the Large Board Room.


Lab visits in the School of Biological Sciences. 


Srin Madipal­li talked about his experience of Spinal Muscular Atrophy.


Organiser Dr Rafael Yáñez lecturing in Windsor Auditorium.


Evening lecture audience in the Windsor Auditorium.


Organiser Professor Dickson flanked by other evening speakers answers questions from the audience.




Click here to view a summary presentation on gene therapy.

Video highlights


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