05 March 2018

Findacure’s Student Voice essay competition aims to raise awareness of rare diseases among the doctors and researchers of tomorrow, as well as giving an outlet for their experiences and thoughts on all things rare.

Student Voice

Once again, tranScrip sponsored the competition and Chris Brearley, Head of CNS, Pain and Translational Medicine at tranScrip, was among an expert panel of scientists, clinicians and patient groups drawn from Findacure’s extensive rare disease network who judged the essays, along with the editor of Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases (OJRD).

The competition was open to medical students, biology undergraduates, master’s students and students studying for a health-related undergraduate or master’s degree.

This year Findacure received more essays than ever before, from 8 different countries including Malaysia, Australia, Hong Kong and the USA and 23 different universities.

The winning article by Mariam Al-Attar entitled “TRAPPED – an insight into two sisters’ struggle to access treatment for a rare genetic disease” was published as an open access article in OJRD.

The essays of the two runners up and one additional entrant have been published as articles on the On Medicine blog.

You can read the essays in full via this link - please feel free to share these essays as widely as you can. Every read will help to raise awareness for rare diseases and increase student engagement in rare disease treatment and research.