Rare Diseases Symposium: Cross-border research in rare diseases

European cooperation is of great importance in tackling rare diseases. Conducting joint research offers opportunities for care improvement for patients with a rare disease. Cross-border research was the central topic of the annual Rare Diseases Symposium on November 6th in the LUMC

During the symposium, both internal and external attendees were given an update on international developments within the field of rare diseases. Prof. Alberto Pereira gave an introduction on research within the European Reference Networks (ERNs) and the European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP RD). The EJP RD actions are organized within major pillars: collaborative research funding, coordinated access to data & services, capacity building & empowerment, and accelerating translation of research & therapy development.

Specific aspects of EJP RD were discussed in more detail: disease registries (prof. Faisal Ahmed), financing opportunities (dr. Sonja van Weely, ZonMw), and the EJP RD virtual platform (dr. Marco Roos). That successful international collaboration can significantly improve healthcare was nicely illustrated by prof. Maarten Vermeer. He shared his experiences with European and worldwide research within the field of Cutaneous Lymphoma.

Johan de Graaf also shared his experiences with cross-border research, from a patient-representative point of view. For each ERN disease grouping, there is a European Patient Advocacy Group (ePAG). Johan is ePAG for Endo-ERN and involved in several international rare disease initiatives. The symposium was concluded with an overview of EU research grant opportunities (dr. Pieter de Koning).

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Rare Diseases Symposium

Cross-border research: opportunities and experiences

European cooperation is of great importance in tackling rare diseases. Conducting joint research offers opportunities for care improvement for patients with a rare disease. Are you curious about the opportunities for European research into rare diseases? Then come and visit the Rare Diseases Symposium on Wednesday November 6th at the LUMC main building in lecture hall 5. Endo-ERN Coordinator Alberto Pereira will be one of the speakers, together with Faisal Ahmed and ePAG representative Johan de Graaf.

Registration is not required, joining the symposium is free of charge.


14.00 Opening Prof. Willy Spaan
14.10 ERN Research and EJP-RD Prof. Alberto Pereira
14.30 Disease Registries – Strength In Numbers Prof. Faisal Ahmed
14.50 International studies in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma Prof. Maarten Vermeer

15.10 Break

15.30 Financing opportunities in EJP-RD Sonja van Weely, PhD (ZonMw)
15.50 Virtual data platform Marco Roos, PhD
16.10 Patient representation in a European context Johan de Graaf, patient representative Endo-ERN
16.30 EU Research grants Pieter de Koning, PhD

Symposium Resumen

SymposiumRare Diseases Symposium
Fecha6 noviembre 2019
UbicaciónLeiden, LUMC

Endo-ERN webinar: Alström Syndrome

On Monday 25 November 2019 at 15:00 – 16:00 CET an Endo-ERN webinar about “Alström Syndrome” is organised. The webinar will be held by Pietro Maffei MD,PhD, Padua University Hospital, Italy and Marina Valenti, mother of a patient and member of Associazione Italiana Sindrome di Älstrom . Pietro will be talking about: Endocrine and Metabolic issues in Alström Syndrome. Furthermore, Marina will be sharing the family view: Coping with Social, Educational and Medical obstacles AS presents.


Event Resumen

EventEndo-ERN webinar: Alström Syndrome
Fecha25 noviembre - 25 noviembre 2019
RegistroRegístrese para este event

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