Rare Disease Day events in Brussels

EURORDIS ’Reframe Rare’ Policy Event On February 18th at the European Parliament EURORDIS – European Rare Diseases Organisation was relaunching the Network of Parliamentary Advocates for Rare Diseases, made up members of parliament (MEPs) advocating to improve the lives of the 30 million people with rare diseases in Europe. The EURORDIS ’Reframe Rare’ Policy Event…

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ADVOCACY

29th EURORDIS Round Table of Companies Workshop

On February 19th 2020 OIFE was again represented at an EURORDIS event in Brussels. Vice President Dace Liepina participated at the 29th EURORDIS Round Table of Companies Workshop “How to teach an old medicine new tricks – The importance of repurposing medicines for patients”. The meeting is primarily for pharma companies, but also open for…

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EVENTS

Report from ‘See, Hear, Smile!’

The title and graphic identity of the Latvia meeting Jean Moitry and I attended in Riga is a reference to the Chinese tale of the three monkeys. One of them doesn’t see, the second doesn’t hear and the third hides his mouth. This is an optimistic message because the meaning of the parable is that…

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EVENTS

OIFE Youth Event 2019

OIFE youth event 2019 was hosted by the Spanish OI Society AHUCE and saw 49 participants between the ages of 18 to 35 from all over Europe (10 different countries in total) come together for a variety of activities and socialising. Gareth Cumming from the UK attended the event and here is what he wrote:…

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STORIES

Rick Brink – Minister with OI

Since 2019, the Netherlands has an unofficial Minister of Disability Affairs. Rick Brink who has OI and is using an electric wheelchair, won this appointment during the broadcast of the television programme ‘De minister van Gehandicaptenzaken’ (The Minister of Disability Affairs). Brink was elected by a jury, including former cyclist Leontien van Moorsel, cabaret artist…

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EDITORIALS

Unbreakable spirits…or?

The last three months has been a special period of time for OIFE and myself. I will never forget the moment when Eero told me that our vice president Ida Männistö (30) was no longer with us, but had passed away suddenly in her home. To me, Ida was both a colleague in the OIFE…

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MEDICAL

Key4OI: An Outcome measurement set

For the last 2 years experts from many different countries have been working together in Project “Key4OI”. The aim of this project was to develop a core outcome set for OI, children and adults. The focus is on: Outcomes that are relevant for most people with OI, worldwide, througout a life time. Input was provided…

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MEMBERS

Founder of Help for OI (HOI) has passed away

Obituary Hinke Panjer, founder of Help OI (HOI) Hinke Panjer, founder of the Help OI (HOI) foundation in the Netherlands passed away on October 24th, at the age of 70 years. Hinke was born 12th of May 1949. Hinke had no easy life, but she developed a great passion to help other people living with…

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ADVOCACY

New members of ERN BOND

The call for healthcare providers to join the 24 existing European Reference Networks closed in December 2019. A total of 841 applications for ERN membership were received. 29 applications were submitted for becoming a member of the ERN for rare bone diseases (ERN BOND). Please check the latest updates for the applicants on the EU…

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