Cambridge Rare Disease Day Lecture and Networking Event – 28 Feb 2018

You are invited to attend the Rare Disease Day Cambridge Lecture

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 5:30 PM8:00 PM

University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, William Harvey Lecture Theatre

Jointly hosted by Cambridge Rare Disease Network and NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre


The evening highlights Rare Disease Day and Rare Disease Research

Are you interested in Rare Disease research?  If the answer is yes then this evening lecture and networking opportunity will be of interest to you.

It will Include:

  • Updates about rare disease research hearing from speakers involved in such research and those directly affected by rare disease
  • An opportunity to talk with researchers and professionals
  • Connecting with other patients and carers
  • Refreshments on arrival and  drinks reception following
  • With representatives from Rare Disease Community, Patients, charities and researchers the evening offers excellent opportunities for networking and sharing information and ideas

Speakers

Professor David RowitchProfessor of Paediatrics and Head of Department, University of Cambridge  “Early detection and advanced therapy for childhood neurogenetic diseases in the UK”

Professor Patrick ChinneryHead of Department for Clinical Neurosciences “Mitochondrial Disease”

David Rose, CRDN Volunteer and GOSH speaker living with ultra-rare Occipital Horn Syndrome “My Patient Journey and What Research Means to Me” 

Dr Victoria ER Parker, Consultant in Endocrinolgy and member of the Segmental Overgrowth Study at WT-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science (IMS), Addenbrooke’s Hospital presenting the results of their clinical trial of sirolimus in PIK3CA related overgrowth

Professor Fiona Karet, Prof of Nephrology and Consultant in Renal Medicine at the School of Clinical Medicine, Cambridge whose team’s research explores kidney malfunction and mutations of genes in rare kidney conditions such as Gitelman Syndrome. They also study common inherited kidney disorders such as polycystic kidney disease.   

Dr Ian Roberts, Chief Technology Officer for Healx Ltd  “Drug re-purposing for Rare Diseases”

Dr Suthesh SivaplaaratnamClinical Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge ” New gene discovery in bleeding disorders: From living room to supercomputers”  explaining how his team undertakes family studies, why they are so useful and how data is used. 


About Rare Disease Day 2018 marks the 11th year that the internationally rare disease community will celebrate Rare Disease Day. On 28 February 2018, people living with or affected by a rare disease, patient organisations, politicians, carers, medical professionals, researchers and industry will come together in solidarity to raise awareness of rare diseases.


CRDN Summit 2017 – The Film

We collaborated with Lucia Tambini,  filmmaker producing films for charities including Oxfam, Tourettes Action, SeeAbility and Walk the Walk, to capture the essence of our annual summit in 2017 and what it is about our city of Cambridge which offers great opportunities to drive change in Rare Diseases.

The theme of CRDN2017 was ‘Re-imagining the Patient Journey’ and we worked hard to give patients and patient groups a platform and voice at the event through the Patient Journey Poster Exhibition and the Lightning Pitches element of the day.

For those who attended, take a look to see if you made it on film! For those who were unable to attend but are curious, watch the film and be inspired to attend this years RareFest event – a weekend of celebration of everything rare on 30 Nov and 1 Dec 2018.

Watch the CRDN Summit Film 2017


Running the 100 mile North Downs Way for CRDN

Chris Cawthorn from Trailfinders in Cambridge is running an incredible 100 miles along the North Downs Way in August to raise money to enable us to offer more activities to our Unique Feet rare disease community group. This is an incredible feat and we are truly humbled by his efforts and generosity.

Chris tells his incredible running story  “ I never really intended to run this far (does anyone?) but after doing my first marathon in Hong Kong back in 2013 I realised that I wasn’t particularly fast, but fairly good at going slowly for a long time! Since then, I’ve completed 2 road marathons, with a third coming up in the Edinburgh Marathon on 29th May, and five ‘ultra-marathons’, which is anything over a marathon, including two 30 mile, a 40 and two 50 mile races. These photos of me are at the start and end of the South Downs Way 50 mile race, Easter 2016, which took 9 hours and 17 minutes. I also did 50 miles across the Lakes last summer – that one took 11 hours and 52 mins!

Chris C runner

Chris Cawthorn 100 mile run I usually run 4-5 days a week at the moment, totalling around 35-40 miles. The legs do a lot of complaining but I’ll soon have about 10 days rest before the Edinburgh Marathon. After I’ve recovered from that it’ll be full steam ahead with training for the 100 miles, building up from 50 miles to 80 or 90 week in peak training, including running home to Ely from Cambridge after work some nights to fit it all in. That’s very scenic 18 mile commute.

The race itself traverses the North Downs through Surrey and Kent and while not mountainous, is continuously hilly and 90% off road. We’ll start at 6am Saturday morning and while the cut-off is not until Sunday at midday, I’m aiming to finish in under 24 hours at 6am Sunday. The night time section, when you’re already 75 miles in, is supposed to be particularly tough…..gulp. All the hills added together total around 10 000 feet of elevation gain – that’s around two-thirds of Mont Blanc!”

We will be following Chris’s progress through his training and wish him all the best for his Edinburgh Marathon. So sponsor Chris and support our Unique Feet children to do some summer activities go to Chris’s Just Giving page