Royal Holloway, University of London was delighted to reveal Paralympic champion and Royal Holloway alumna Helene Raynsford as the patron for the College’s Rare Disease Day.
Helene, who suffers from rare disease Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, made history by becoming the first woman to win an Olympic gold in the arms-only single sculls for Great Britain. She completed a Biochemistry degree at Royal Holloway in 2003 and is currently studying an MSC in Human Neuroscience.
Helene delivered a keynote speech on the day. She said: “I am delighted to be involved in the day and I hope it goes some way in raising the profile of those lesser known conditions which are often read about in text books but then rarely seen in practice".
Royal Holloway is a leading institution in the development of novel therapies for rare diseases, including Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (child in a bubble disease).
Rare diseases are a serious public health concern and an international priority, but unfortunately often little known to health professionals and the public alike.
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