Rare Disease Day 2013

Posted on 18/02/2013
Rare Disease Day

Royal Holloway is marking national Rare Disease Day with a programme of activities throughout the day on Thursday 28 February. School groups and individuals who have booked a place will participate in a range of activities to find out about Royal Holloway research into rare genetic disorders and potential cures.

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.  This is the third year that the university has hosted a programme of events showcasing research, much of which is carried out in the labs of the event organiser  Dr Rafael Yáñez and co-organiser Professor George Dickson from the School of Biological Science.

Visitors will have an opportunity to

  • Hear from Jeans for Genes Patron, Adam Pearson, what's it's like to live with facial disfiguring disorder neurofibromatosis 
  • Discover the zany side of science with Zombie Science
  • Build DNA
  • Learn about rare diseases from patient charities Genetic Alliance UK, the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and many more
  • Discuss the implications of genetics testing for individuals and their families
  • Get 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
  • Discover from our current students what it's like to study biological sciences at university

To find out more visit the RDD website

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