Programme

What’s in store at #DrugRepo21

We pride ourselves on producing a diverse programme that delivers something for everyone, and ensures our audience has every opportunity to consider drug repurposing from different perspectives.

With talks from industry, academia, patient groups, and of course, rare disease patients themselves, Drug Repurposing for Rare Diseases welcomes everyone with a place in the rare disease community.

Alongside traditional presentations, this year’s virtual conference will see a series of interactive workshops, breakout sessions and built-in networking opportunities to facilitate conversation and hands-on engagement; ensuring everyone leaves #DrugRepo21 with the knowledge and connections they need to deliver the treatments patients desperately need. 

We pride ourselves on producing a diverse programme that delivers something for everyone, and ensures our audience has every opportunity to consider drug repurposing from different perspectives.

With talks from industry, academia, patient groups, and of course, rare disease patients themselves, Drug Repurposing for Rare Diseases welcomes everyone with a place in the rare disease community.

Alongside traditional presentations, this year’s virtual conference will see a series of interactive workshops, breakout sessions and built-in networking opportunities to facilitate conversation and hands-on engagement; ensuring everyone leaves #DrugRepo21 with the knowledge and connections they need to deliver the treatments patients desperately need. 

Will you join the conversation? 

Our programme

Our two-day programme will feature: 

Why repurpose?

A back to basics session looking at the fundamentals of repurposing. Why did it work for COVID-19, and what parallels can we draw to drive forward the use of old drugs in rare diseases?

Interactive workshops

Two half-day workshops will look in-depth at the identification of repurposing opportunities for rare conditions, and how to translate basic science and deliver it to market.

A 19 year journey

Our keynote panel will explore the AKU story; a cross-sector, international collaboration that took nitisinone from a failed trial to an EMA approved treatment for an ultra rare condition. 

Where are they now?

We’ll be checking in on some of the projects featured in conferences-past to hear their progress over the last few years and see how they’ve faired during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Global case studies

Over the course of our conference, our main stage will see a series of examples demonstrating the power of drug repurposing from patients, patient groups, industry and academia around the world. 

Quick fire talks

Our renowned lightning round will return and see a wide selection of delegate-proposed presentations, to give our audience an insight into new areas of rare diseases.

Keep an eye out for speaker announcements coming soon! 

Interested in speaking?

Submit a lightning talk

What is a lightning talk? A lightning talk is a micro-presentation that lasts only five minutes. We have been running lightning talk sessions at our events since 2015, with each session giving our delegates the chance to share their own rare stories with the rare disease community.

A good lightning talk condenses a couple of ideas to their essence, inspiring the audience to go searching for more information. Look no further than our ‘Lightning talk challenge‘ playlist for some great examples of previous talks.

How can you apply for a lightning talk?

To submit a lightning talk proposal, you must be registered to attend our conference. During the registration process, you’ll be invited to indicate your interest in speaking and provide a short summary of your talk. Calls for lightning talks will remain open until Friday 28th May. 

Please note, submitting a lightning talk proposal does not guarantee you a speaking opportunity. We will review all proposals after the closing deadline and be in touch with successful applicants no later than Monday 31st May. 

Want to speak on our mainstage? Interested in hosting a breakout room or panel discussion? We have many speaking opportunities included within our sponsorship packages. Get in touch to discuss your options!

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