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In the lead up to Rare Disease Day 2016, our student essay competition partners at Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases and BioMed Central, published some of the best entries from our 2015 student essay competition.

Three essays were published on BMC’s On Biology blog, with the competition’s overall winner Roberta Garau, having her entry published as a letter to the editor in Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases on Monday 29th February.

Check out some of our excellent entries, and be sure to share the student voice with your friends and colleagues. The student voice, medical voice, researcher voice, and patient voice are all be part of the rare disease voice – let’s make sure all are heard this Rare Disease Day 2016!

Essay Competition Entries

Blog 1: I’m a teenager – do I care if my disease is rare?  – by Harriette Pearson

Blog 2: Using rare genetic diseases to understand medicine – by Nicholas Heng

Blog 3: Rare disease research helps us understand medicine for all diseases – by Jeremy Reid

Letter to the Editor: The medical experience of a patient with a rare disease and her family – by Roberta Garau

Findacure Blog: There is more than one way to show a treatment worksby Mark Jacunski


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The Student Voice – student essay competition entries published

by Rick Thompson time to read: 1 min