ADVOCACY

JARDIN – The new EU Joint action

EU Joint Action on Integrating ERNs* into National Health Systems (JARDIN) *ERN: The key European network leveraging diagnosis, research, and treatment for rare diseases It was at the formal kick-off meeting in Brussels in March 2024 where the purpose and ambitions of JARDIN were further detailed, and where the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety,…

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ADVOCACY

Bilbao conference on ERNs and rare diseases

On October 11th EU leaders and key policymakers gathered in Bilbao, Spain, for the Conference on Rare Diseases and the European Reference Networks taking place under the Spanish EU Council Presidency. Discussions addressed some of the main challenges facing the EU policy framework on rare diseases, explored the future of the European Reference Networks (ERNs),…

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ADVOCACY

OIFE at EURORDIS Summer School

The EURORDIS Open Academy School on Medicines Research & Development (Summer School) aims to provide rare disease patient advocates with the knowledge and skills needed to become experts in medicines research and development. Since 2015, researchers are also welcome to attend the School. Also this year people connected to OIFE were attending EURORDIS Summer School…

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CONFERENCES

OIFE at EURORDIS Meeting

Written by Lars Romundstad, OIFE volunteer from Norway  EURORDIS is the umbrella association for organizations for rare conditions in Europe. And the 26th and 27th of May 2023, OIFE was represented at the EURORDIS Membership Meeting in Stockholm.  Lars Romundstad, represented the OIFE together with Rebecca Tvedt Skarberg, who is also a Board member of…

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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…

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OIFE

OI-volunteers in Vietnam

February 7th OIFE had the pleasure to meet (online) the founder of a Vietnamese organization for rare diseases (VORD), which focuses (at the moment) on OI, SMA and Duchenne. Their co-founder Ly Ngo has OI herself and they have a lot of collaboration with scientists and other stakeholders. You can find them online on: https://www.rarediseases.vn/

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RESEARCH

WEBINAR ON FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

December 15th OIFE was represented at a webinar organized by the European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP RD) together with several OI professionals. The webinar was about their new call focused on “Natural History Studies addressing unmet needs in Rare Diseases”. If you know about researchers who would be interested in collaborating on an…

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MEMBERS

Ukraine – Before and After

Three times our life was divided into “Before” and “After”… Written by Lyubov Petrova, mother of a daughter with OI & chair of the Ukranian OI-organization.  The Diagnosis First it was my daughter’s diagnosis with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI)… “Before” was joy of the birth of a long-awaited beautiful baby-daughter, registration to the best kindergarden in…

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