ADVOCACY

ERN Exchange Programmes

We have important information for professionals working with rare bone conditions who belong to a healthcare provider in the European Reference Network for Rare Bone Diseases (ERN BOND). Get involved in the new Exchange Programme! And check out the ERN Research Mobility Fellowships! ERN Exchange Programme The European Commission funded the ERN Exchange Programme 2020-2022…

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EDITORIALS

Enough is Enough! Speech from Rare2030

This text was originally given as a keynote speech by Rebecca Tvedt Skarberg at the Rare2030 conference in February 2020. It was later published as the editorial in OIFE-Magazine 1-2020.  “It has been a great honour to be a part of Rare2030. Building tomorrow’s roadmap for rare diseases is a project close to my heart, simply…

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Council of Federations meeting

One or two times a year, members of OIFE’s Executive Committee attend the Council of European Rare Disease Federations (CEF) in EURORDIS. On November 26th and 27th Ingunn and Bruno attended the Zoom-meeting, where more than 90 people from all over Europe took part. Topics included Rare Disease Week 2021, ERNs, Access to therapies, EU…

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ADVOCACY

Covid-19 Helpline in Orphanet Journal

Patient involvement in ERN BOND Patient involvement has been an important principle in the European Reference Network for Rare Bone Disorders (ERN BOND) all the way from the start. Patient representatives are included in both the steering committee and the working groups of the network. OIFE and other patient organizations are consulted when further advice…

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New affiliated members of ERN BOND

On August 31st the inclusion of Affiliated Partners to ERN BOND was finalized. 16 centres from 10 countries are now part of ERN BOND as affiliated partners (not full members). Their expertise will support all the network’s activities and will facilitate the sharing of knowledge across the EU. Affiliated Partners should be ERN’s entry points as they improve the accessibility across the EU for patients…

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Data strategy for the ERNs

EuRR-Bone is launched! The registry EuRR-Bone was launched this week, and will cover rare bone and mineral conditions the European Reference Network on Rare Endocrine Conditions (Endo-ERN) as well as the European Reference Network on Rare Bone Disorders (ERN BOND). EuRR-Bone will be of service to all patients, health care professionals and researchers involved in the care…

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RESEARCH

Rare Disease Research Challenge

The European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP RD) brings over 130 institutions (including all 24 ERNs) from 35 countries. On March 3rd Dace Liepina and Ingunn Westeheim was supposed to represent OIFE at a networking event in Paris related to the Rare Diseases Research (RDR) Challenges Call. We were particularly interested in challenge nr. 3 “Characterize Rare…

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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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CEF-meeting in Brussels

On November 8th Céu Barreiros (treasurer) represented OIFE at the Council of Federations-meeting in Brussels hosted by EURORDIS. The Council of European Rare Disease Federations (CEF) provides a platform for the exchange of experiences and information across federations working for different diseases or group of diseases. The council also allow federations to work together on…

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