Conference marks Rare Disease Day 2017

Today, the tenth international Rare Disease Day, IBEC is taking part in an event at the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu.

Organised by the Federación Española de Enfermedades Raras (FEDER), the Federació Catalana de Malalties Minoritàries (FECAMM) and the Plataforma de Malalties Minoritàries, and supported by GENCAT, CatSalut and the Parlament de Catalunya, the open conference will emphasize the importance of research in tackling rare diseases.

Josep Samitier will take part in a round table at the conference, during which he will present bioengineering applied to rare diseases.

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He’ll give three examples of rare diseases that are being targeted by work at IBEC: cystic fibrosis, mitochondrial diseases, and muscular atrophy.

As well as Josep, the open conference will feature such participants as Dr. Silvia Leal, expert in international e-leadership, innovation and digital transformation; the Hble. Sr. Antoni Comín, GENCAT’s Minister for Health; and Dr. Toni Andreu, director of research in the Department of Health.

Coordinated by EURORDIS, Rare Disease Day was first held in 2008. On and around this day hundreds of patient organisations from countries and regions all over the world hold awareness-raising activities based on the theme of research into rare diseases.