ADVOCACY

OIFE at Council of Federations meeting

November 9th and 10th OIFE was represented by Ingunn Westerheim at the Council of Federations (CEF) meeting of EURORDIS – the European umbrella organization for rare conditions. The socalled CEF is a forum where umbrella organizations and federations for rare conditions in Europe come together to learn about news in the European rare disease field…

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STORIES

Parenting a child when you have OI

Claudia Finis is a member of the German OI-association DOIG and a volunteer for the OIFE. With the input from two other parents (Janina and Sven) who have OI themselves, she wrote an article about parenting a child when you have OI. The article was first published in the German magazine “Durchbruch” (Breakthrough). It has…

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ADVOCACY

Being a patient representative (ePAG) in ERN BOND

Interview with Rebecca Tvedt Skarberg, member of European Patient Advocacy Group (ePAG) The European Reference Networks (ERNs) are 24 virtual networks involving healthcare providers across Europe. They aim to facilitate discussion on rare diseases that require highly specialised treatment. One of these networks is the European Reference Network for Rare Bone Diseases (ERN-BOND). ERN-BOND has…

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EDITORIALS

How does OI impact our lives?

A retrospective study of medical and insurance records from the USA indicates that health care costs for people with a rare condition have been underestimated and are three to five times greater than the costs for people without a rare condition. Why are we not surprised? Finding out more about direct and indirect costs related…

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Announcement on the clinical trial BOOSTB4

In Sweden, the Karolinska Institutet and the Karolinska University Hospital are leading the academic clinical trial BOOSTB4 where we are looking for subjects who have a diagnosis of OI Type III or severe Type IV with a specific collagen mutation. The aim of the clinical trial is to study the safety and efficacy of the…

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ADVOCACY

The European Registry for Rare Bone & Mineral Conditions (EuRR-Bone)

Interview with Natasha Appelman-Dijkstra M.D. Ph.D., Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), Netherlands Who are you and what is your relationship to OI? I am Natasha Appelman-Dijkstra internist-endocrinologist in Leiden University Medical Center and specialized in Bone and Mineral Disorders and thus treating patients with OI. I have worked in the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC)…

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JOIN OIFE’S FREE VIRUS WORKOUT!

A group of volunteers from OIFE are inviting you to join a FREE virtual wheelchair aerobic session/cardio exercise every Sunday and Wednesday on Zoom! What it is: People with OI doing exercises together on Zoom for 30-45 minutes Instructions from seated/wheelchair using instructors from videos on YouTube (shared screen on Zoom) An informal offer from…

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EVENTS

OIFE in panel debate on ERNs

The company EuropaBio has invited the OIFE President to represent the patient organizations at the upcoming Patient Bio-Forum on October 19, 2021 (11.00-12.30 CEST). In the upcoming edition of the forum, the focus will be on the challenges and opportunities of the 24 European Reference Networks (ERNs), which include “our own network” – ERN BOND…

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