RESEARCH

Focus Groups – Key4OI Plus

Some people felt that the project Key4OI were missing some important aspects of adult health in OI, when the first set of outcome measures in OI was developed. Now the project wants to develop an additional, supplementary set of outcome measures for 4 new areas.   Ears, teeth, lungs and heart Key4OI wants to develop…

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RESEARCH

Psychosocial research in OI

Psychosocial network & patient centered outcomes research Interview with Dr. Kara Ayers My name is Kara Ayers. I’m primarily connected to the OI community because I have OI (Type V) myself. My husband has OI as well and we were both fortunate to grow up with the benefits of being socially connected to others in…

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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

Call for proposals for research projects

The European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP RD) has made a preliminary announcement about the upcoming 2020 call for proposals for pre-clinical research to develop effective therapies for rare diseases like OI. A number of national and regional funding organisations will participate in the call, alongside the European Commission and the EJP-COFUND action, to…

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ADVOCACY

Can you help us create good registries?

Why do we need registries for OI? Several new drugs are being investigated for OI at the moment. If some of these end up on the market, it will be important to develop registries to monitor potential side effects and long term effects of these drugs. Registries are also important when it comes to learning…

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RESEARCH

OIFE at the EMA

On July 9th 2019 the OIFE was represented by our honorary member Taco van Welzenis in a meeting at the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The EMA is an agency of the European Union in charge of the evaluation and supervision of medicinal products. They used to be located in London, but has recently moved to…

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RESEARCH

BOOSTB4 – study on stem cell therapy

Interview with Cecilia Götherström and Eva Åström Who are you? What is your profession and what is your relationship to OI? Cecilia Götherström: I’m a researcher who have explored the potential use of stem cells for treatment of OI and other diseases for almost 20 years. My “relationship” with OI started in 2002, and since…

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CONFERENCES

Symposium on stem cells & OI in India

Written by Eva Åström, member of OIFE Medical Advisory Board OI symposium in Vellore India The Centre for Stem Cell Research at the Christian Medical Collage in Vellore, India arranged a two day symposium on OI and stem cell treatment on the 6th – 7th of February 2019. The aim was to provide a platform…

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RESEARCH

Physical Function & Soft Tissue Health in OI

Interview with Dr. Alex Ireland and Dr. Sergio Orlando Who are you and what is your relationship to OI? My name is Dr Alex Ireland, Senior Lecturer in Physiology at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. My research has previously focused on how the shape and structures of our bones and joints is affected by physical activity…

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