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Rare Disease Day 2013


Royal Holloway hosted Rare Disease Day 2013, on February 28. 

In Europe, a rare disease is defined as one with an incidence of less than 1 in 2000 people. While each of them is rare, there are more than 7,000 rare diseases, which together affect 24 million (6%) people in Europe and take 20% of all health care costs.

In 2011 and 2012 Royal Holloway hosted the largest UK event to mark Rare Disease Day

What happened at Rare Disease Day 2013?

Secondary schools were invited to join us for a packed programme of activities to: 

  • Find out about Royal Holloway research into rare genetic disorders and potential cures
  • Discover the zany side of science with Zombie Science
  • Build your own DNA
  • Learn about rare diseases from patient charities Genetic Alliance UK, the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and many more
  • Get hands-on with genetics with the Society of Biology, Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry and Jeans for Genes
  • Discover from our current students what it's like to study biological sciences at university

Contact us

Information about Rare Disease Day 2014 including how to get involved as an exhibitor or activity provider, will be posted soon - please check here again.

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