EDUCATIONAL

OIFE in EUPATI Patient Expert Training Programme

Alessandra Tolaccia is representing OIFE at the EUPATI Patient Expert Training Programme. The EUPATI Expert Training Course is a unique opportunity for patient advocates to receive expert-level training in medicines research and development, specifically tailored for them. The certificate course is a mixture of online and face-to-face education modules over a 13-month period. April was…

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EDITORIALS

When obstacles become opportunities

By Alessandra Tolaccia, OIFE Volunteer I have been suffering from chronic pain for over 15 years now, and every time I have approached a new doctor looking for help, the answer has always been the same: pain in muscles/tendons has nothing to do with OI. But why doesn’t my pain go away with the common treatments…

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EDITORIALS

Patients, people or partners?

OIFE believes that all clinical trials and research projects affecting OI directly, should have some kind of patient involvement. Patient involvement can happen in different ways and in different phases of a project. Sometimes advice from a new and unexperienced parent or a child is needed. Other times a person with OI, who can represent…

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MEDICAL

The IMPACT Survey

The IMPACT Survey is a joint initiative between OIFE, OIF & Mereo BioPharma. The survey will be launched in summer 2021 and we will need the help of all our member organizations and the OI-community to spread the word and encourage as many people with OI (and parents) to fill in the survey.  Written by…

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OIFE at EMA Meeting on orphan drugs

On November 30th OIFE was represented at an interactive meeting about Orphan Drugs hosted by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Orphan drugs are medicinal products intended for diagnosis, prevention or treatment of rare diseases. There are currently two designated orphan drugs being investigated in OI, the most known being setrusumab from Mereo Biopharma. Products for…

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Successful workshop on patient involvement

On Tuesday 18th of November Ingunn Westerheim (OIFE) & Tracy Hart (OIF) together hosted a workshop about patient involvement in research at the ICCBH Virtual Forum. The workshop had more than 50 participants from Europe, US, Canada and beyond. It included three talks about patient involvement from different perspectives as well as a constructive Q&A…

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ICCBHCONFERENCES

OIFE co-hosts at ICCBH Virtual Forum

The International Children’s Bone Health Conference (ICCBH) is hosting a virtual forum from November 18-20 and we encourage professionals and patient representatives to attend. Target group The meeting programme of ICCBH Virtual Forum is designed for healthcare professionals and researchers.  Pharma industry regulations do not allow open invitations to members of the public to attend. However,…

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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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EDUCATIONAL

OIFE at EURORDIS Winter School

EURORDIS launched Winter School with the aim of deepening patient representatives’ understanding of how pre-clinical research translates into real benefits for rare disease patients. The training equips participants with knowledge and skills so they are empowered to effectively participate in discussions with the researchers, policy makers and companies responsible for research or research infrastructures. The 2nd edition…

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