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The Manchester Rare Disease Showcase

8th October, 2019 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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The Manchester Rare Disease Showcase








Our Rare Disease Showcases are a celebration of innovative rare disease projects across the UK. As a world leader in rare research, exceptional examples of rare disease practice can be found all over the country. Our touring event series heads to local regions to give them the attention they deserve.

Join Findacure for The Manchester Rare Disease Showcase – a day-long conference celebrating rare disease developments in Manchester and North West England.

The event will take place on Tuesday 8th October at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, and attendees can expect:

  • Presentations from rare experts in Manchester’s local area, including patients, support groups, clinicians and researchers.
  • Highlights of excellent progress in academic, healthcare, industry and patient advocacy
  • Two lightning talk sessions for delegates to propose and share their own rare stories
  • Ample patient group and charity exhibitors from across the UK
  • Dedicated time to network with North West England’s rare community


09:30   Registration

10:00   Welcome from Findacure

10:15   How our rare diseases initiative is progressing at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT)
        – Stephanie Yau, Rare Diseases Project Manager, MFT

10:30   Growing new human kidneys to understand rare diseases
          – Prof. Adrian Woolf, Chair in Paediatric Science, Manchester University

11:00   The power of patients, partnerships and AI in accelerating rare treatment development
           – Bruce Bloom, Chief Collaboration Officer, Healx

11:15   Tea break

11:45   EAP: delivering lifesaving treatments through early access programs
            – Naomi Litchfield, Patient Advocacy Manager & Graham Sidorowicz, VP Business Development, Bionical 

12:15   Lightning talk session one 

12:40   Lunch

14:15   Developing inclusive services for the UK’s multi-ethnic rare community
            – Asya Choudry, Community Engagement Manager, Breaking Down Barriers

14:45   Lightning talk session two

15:15   Tea break

15:45   Interferon driven disorders; diagnosis, natural history, treatment, and the patient voice
             – Dr Tracy Briggs, Senior Clinical Lecturer & Naz Khan, Principle Genetic Counsellor, Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine

16:15   Living with a rare disease: a patient’s perspective
             – Sally Hatton, Young Person’s Project Office, Metabolic Support UK

16:45   Closing remarks

17:00   End of showcase

Download the programme here  

Exhibition opportunities

We are delighted to be able to offer a number of exhibition stands to patient organisations and charities completely free of charge. If you are interested in exhibiting, please complete an application form

Confirmed exhibitors:

AKU Society


Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Greater Manchester NIHR CRN

Stiff Person Syndrome

Annabelle’s Challenge

Costello Kids

Metabolic Support UK

Over the Wall Children’s Charity


Ataxia & Me

Fibrous Dysplasia Support UK

National Aspergillosis Centre

Rett Disorders Alliance UK

Vision DMD

Breaking Down Barriers


Niemann Pick UK

Same But Different

Yellow Brick Road Project

If you are interested in corporate exhibition opportunities, please contact our Events Manager, Mary Rose, on [email protected]. 

With thanks to our sponsors


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We would like to thank our sponsors for providing financial support for this event. This event has been solely organised by Findacure and our sponsors have not determined the content or organisation. All funds received by pharmaceutical companies have been used in accordance with the ABPI code.


8th October, 2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Mary Rose Roberts


Bridgewater Hall
Lower Mosley Street
Manchester, M2 3WS United Kingdom
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