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Rare Disease Day 2016

On Monday 29 February, Royal Brompton Hospital marked rare disease day along with organisations from across the world, with the aim of increasing awareness of rare diseases and this year was held on 29 February, a rare day.

To mark the day this year, staff from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Royal Brompton Biomedical Research Units (BRU) hosted a stall event at Sydney Street wing of the hospital. 

Patients and the public were encouraged to write or draw messages of support, inspiration and hope for rare diseases on our message canvas. Patients and the public also had the opportunity to try their hands at extracting DNA from strawberries and have a go at playing the chromosome challenge – pairing chromosomes against the clock.

The day was supported by the NIHR Rare Diseases Translational Research Collaboration, with information available on the rare diseases projects that the Trust leads on. 

Visitors were also able to find out about the Trust’s role in the 100,000 Genome Project as part of the West London Genomic Medicine Centre. The 100,000 Genome Project is a national initiative which aims to sequence the genomes of 70,000 individuals with rare diseases and cancer, to enable new scientific discovery and medical insights for the benefit of patients.

Rare Diseases Day 2 2016
Rare Diseases Day 2016

NIHR is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and our two biomedical research units will be hosting several events through the year to mark the anniversary.

If you would like to join our mailing list to find out about upcoming research events please email us.

March 2016 


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