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Welcome to The Student Voice Prize Hall of Fame!

We’ve searched the world for the top rare disease essays and we’re proud to say that we’ve found them seven years running.

Take a look at the brilliant minds who have come before you and give their winning essay a read.

If you think that this could be you, enter to win The 2020 Student Voice Prize essay competition and show us what you got!

The Student Voice Prize 2019

The Student Voice 2019 saw the continued growth of the competition, with more entries and more winners than ever before. The Patient Group Pairing Scheme continued, and our winners gave talks at both the Medics4RareDiseases and Findacure conferences.

We were very impressed with the essays written by the four winners, which you can read in full, or in blog form, below.

 

Winner – Anna-Lucia Koerling

No Friends 1 

Read in OJRD

Runner-up – Sandy Ayoub 

Dual Deprivation for Rare Disease

Blog / Essay

Runner-up – Muhammad Shaikh 

Improving Rare Disease Recognition Via Medical Education 

Blog / Essay

Runner-up – Anneliese Ng 

No Country for Healthcare Equity

Blog / Essay

The Student Voice Prize 2018

The Student Voice 2018 saw us offer, for the first time, the opportunity for students to be paired with rare disease patient groups to learn from their real life stories. We would like to say a huge thank you to all the patient groups who put themselves forward and the students who were open to this collaborative effort.  This side of The Student Voice Prize was a huge success and it is something we hope to continue in future years.

We were very impressed with the essays written by the three winners. Congratulations to them all!

In addition to the three winners, a further entrant’s essay was selected for publication as a blog by BMC. It was one of the competition judges!

Read Timothy Badcock’s essay:

What can future doctors learn from patients with rare diseases? 

The Student Voice Prize 2017

The Student Voice 2017 saw an increased focus on the patient experience of rare diseases. You can find out about the fourth instalment of The Student Voice Prize by reading our review of the competition, or reviewing the winning articles in full.

A further entrant’s essay was selected for publication as a blog by the competition judges.

Collaboration is helping medical professionals and patients with rare diseases to face their challenges – by George Wood

The Student Voice Prize 2016

The Student Voice 2016 saw a continuation of our partnership with the Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases. You can find out about the third instalment of The Student Voice Prize by reading our review of the competition and three winning entries.

The Student Voice Prize 2015

The second edition of The Student Voice Prize saw Findacure partner with BMC’s Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases for the first time. Read our review of the competition and winning entries below.

A further two entrants had their articles published as blogs on the “On Biology” website.

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

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

Essay Competition 2014

The first-ever Student Voice Prize essay competition was run in 2014, with the idea conceived by one of Findacure’s first interns.

Winner – Rosemary Grain
How has the study of rare diseases influenced our knowledge of more common diseases?

Runner-up – Benjamin Ng
How has the study of rare diseases influenced our knowledge of more common diseases?

Runner-up – Anne Fitzgibbon
Discuss how experiences of a patient with a rare disease may differ from those of a patient with a common disease

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