Photo of Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission PresidentADVOCACY

Call for European strategy on rare diseases

On Rare Disease Day, 48 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) wrote to the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, calling on her to deliver a comprehensive European strategy on rare diseases.  The goal is to improve the lives of the 30 million European citizens living with a rare disease. The letter…


OIFE Educational Webinar 2022

The second part of OIFE’s annual meeting on June 4th 2022 was an educational webinar open to anyone. And a diverse group of ca 80 participants including OIFE-people, clinicians, researchers, industry people and other interested individuals came together to hear about news from the international OI-community. News from OIFE, ERN BOND & others The first…


Survey on pregnancy & family planning

Do you think there should be more information or education on contraception & OI, on pregnancy & OI, on preimplanation genetic diagnosis (PGD), on breastfeeding or other issues related to pregnancy or family planning? Then now is your chance to tell the decision makers! The European Reference Networks including ERN BOND – European Reference Network…


In 2021 we made an impact together!

Dear members of the international OI-community!  In Australia the champagne has been uncorked already, but in the rest of the world we are in different ways preparing the celebration of another year coming to an end. It is also a celebration of the opportunities of a New Year called 2022, which we hope will be…


New members in ERN BOND

On 1 January 2022, 620 new members will join the European Reference Networks, as unanimously approved by the ERN Board of Member States. As a result of the current call there will be nearly 1,500 ERN units in 27 Member States and Norway. The European Reference Network on Rare Bone Disorders (ERN BOND) suffered to…


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…


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…


Provide OI Data to e-Rec !

The e-REC is an electronic reporting system which captures activity and allows for a better understanding of the occurrence of rare bone conditions incl. OI. The platform is open to ALL centers who see people with OI and other rare bone conditions. WHAT IS EURR-BONE? The EuRR-Bone (European Registry for Rare Bone and Mineral Conditions)…


Norwegian registry for rare bone conditions

A new quality registry for rare bone conditions is being developed in Norway. It’s a collaboration between Oslo University Hospital (orthopedic dept.) and the Norwegian centre of expertise for bone conditions TRS kompetansesenter for sjeldne diagnoser. On May 7th an advisory board was established and Ingunn Westerheim & Rebecca Tvedt Skarberg (substitute) from OIFE were…

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