Activities took place from 10am - 3pm on Thursday 28 February.
- Visitors found out about Royal Holloway research into rare genetic disorders and potential cures
- They heard from Jeans for Genes Patron, Adam Pearson, about what it's like to live with facial disfiguring disorder neurofibromatosis
- Visitors discovered the zany side of science with Zombie Science
- They built their own DNA
- They also learnt about rare diseases from patient charities Genetic Alliance UK, the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and many more
- Visitors discussed the implications of genetics testing for individuals and their families
- They got hands-on with genetics with the Society of Biology, Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, the British Society for Gene and Cell Therapy and Jeans for Genes
- And discovered from our current students what it's like to study biological sciences at university
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.
Much of this research is carried out in the labs of our organiser Dr Rafael Yáñez and co-organiser Professor George Dickson.
For further information about Rare Disease Day including how to get involved as an exhibitor or activity provider in 2014, please contact us.