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OIFE at Rare Disease Week

Rare Disease Week (RDW) is a brand new week-long series of events organized by EURORDIS which started February 22nd 2021. It included many webinars that targeted on rare disease patient advocates. The goal was to empower them with knowledge and skills so they can effectively participate in advocative activities at a European level and influence…

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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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Rare 2030 Recommendations

On February 23rd we were at least six people from the OIFE-community represented at the big Rare 2030 conference brilliantly hosted by EURORDIS. The conference had more than 650 participants attending live (online) and even more people following on streaming. The main purpose was to present the recommendations from the Rare2030 foresight study. These were…

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Winners of Black Pearl Award 2021

Ingunn Westerheim and Rebecca Tvedt Skarberg from Norway are the recipients of this year’s Black Pearl Volunteer Awards, an international award that recognizes their volunteer efforts for people with the rare condition osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). How it all started We do the interview on Zoom, since both ladies are at risk for Covid19. But what…

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RARE2030 – Survey to shape future policy

We need your help! OIFE and EURORDIS need your opinion on future policy for people with OI and other rare diseases! If enough people with OI worldwide provide an answer to this survey, it will help us shape the future of rare disease policies regarding access to health care, medical and social research and diagnosis…

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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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OIFE at ECRD

On May 14th and 15th OIFE was well represented at the online European Conference on Rare Diseases (ECRD) with 5 representatives, including OIFE president and OIFE Youth Coordinator. In addition 3 people from the OIFE-community attended the event on behalf of other stakeholders. The ERCD conference was originally planned to take place in Stockholm. 1,500…

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SURVEY ON COVID-19 & RARE DISEASES

Are you affected by a rare disease or a caring for someone affected by a rare disease? Then we strongly encourage you to share your experience on how the #COVID19 pandemic is having an impact on your life by completing this survey. The survey is developed by the rare disease umbrella EURORDIS – European Rare Diseases Organisation…

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Discrimination in Critical Care Guidelines

The rare disease community raises alert over discrimination in #CriticalCare guidelines during COVID-19 pandemic. Read the statement from EURORDIS to see proposals for healthcare practitioners on how to avoid discrimination against people living with a rare disease and provide optimal care during #COVID19 OIFE supports EURORDIS in their view that critical care guidelines must be non-discriminatory and should be…

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