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Research Headlines - New hope for patients suffering from rare genetic disease    europa.eu

Very few of us have heard of Alpha-Mannosidosis. However, this rare genetic disease has affected the lives of hundreds of families across Europe and the world. Its first symptoms appear in early chil[...]

Events - World Orphan Drug Congress Europe 2014 - 12-14 November 2014, Brussels    europa.eu

World Orphan Drug Congress is Europe's largest commercially-focused event for the rare disease research and advocacy. It is where pharma, biotech, patient groups and regulators come together to partn[...]

Events - Keystone Symposia: Precision Genome Engineering and Synthetic Biology - 11-15 January 2015, Big Sky, United States    europa.eu

This meeting gathers experts in development and application of synthetic biology and gene engineering fields to share ideas, methods, problems and solutions in a new era of investigational biology.[...]

European Medicines Agency looks to stimulate better use of genomic data and biomarkers in medicines development and safety monitoring    europa.eu

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has released a draft concept paper today for public consultation outlining the key elements that will be developed in a guideline on good genomics biomarker practi[...]

Scientific guideline: Concept paper on good genomics biomarker practices, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

Genomic data have become important to evaluate efficacy and safety of a drug for regulatory approval. As a result, genomic information has been increasingly included in drug labels relevant for the b[...]

European Medicines Agency recommends approval of two new treatment options for rare cancers    europa.eu

The European Medicines Agency's (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), at its July meeting, recommended granting marketing authorisations for two new medicines with novel mechan[...]

Meeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) 21-24 July 2014    europa.eu

This page provides an overview of the opinions adopted at the July 2014 meeting of the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) and other important outcomes.[...]

Registration opens for workshop on clinical trial design in neuromyelitis optica to facilitate global medicine development in a rare and serious disease    europa.eu

Registration is now open for a regulatory workshop on clinical trial design in neuromyelitis optica and spectrum disorders at the European Medicines Agency on 10 October 2014.[...]

New resource for educators: Discussion games: Orphan drugs    xplorehealth.eu

Game to engage in a dialogue | How are drugs developed? Orphan drugs are medicines which have been developed to diagnose and treat rare diseases. Although they can be beneficial for millions of peop[...]

Events - International Rare Disease Research Consortium Shenzhen Conference - 7-9 November 2014, Shenzhen, China    europa.eu

The second conference organized by IRDiRC in collaboration with the BGI is gathering stakeholders active in the field of rare disease from across the globe. This conference aims to raise awareness of[...]

European Medicines Agency and US Food and Drug Administration release joint proposal to facilitate clinical investigation of new medicines for Gaucher disease in children    europa.eu

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have released today a draft joint proposal to facilitate the clinical investigation of new medicines for t[...]

Test your knowledge with the new ECG quiz    escardio.org

An 18-year-old female attends a routine occupational medical in order to join the British Army. She represents her school and region in cross-country running and hockey. She is asymptomatic with no f[...]


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