The III National Meeting of Women Researchers on Rare Diseases has been hold in the Príncipe Felipe Research Centre (CIPF) on March 2th, organized by Carmen Espinós. The first session, "Therapy and Treatment for Rare Diseases" was chaired by María Torralba (Indacea Platform) and the speakers were Pilar González-Cabo (INCLIVA & CIBERER), Ada García-Gimeno (Universitat Politècnica de València), Dunja Lukovic (CIPF), and Aurora Pujol (ICREA, IDIBELL & CIBERER). The second session, “Clinical Research on Rare Diseases”, was chaired by Silvia Cholbi (Spanish Association of patients with the 5q14.3 microdeletion syndrome, MEFC2) and the speakers were Carmen Ayuso (Fundación Jiménez Díaz & CIBERER), Teresa Jaijo (Hospital U. i P. La Fe & CIBERER), Marina Berenguer (Universitat de València, Hospital U. i P. La Fe & CIBEREHD), and Encarna Guillén (H. Clínico U. Virgen de la Arrixaca). Near 150 people attended this meeting for students, patients and citizens in general, and that has as main goal, to closer the science made by women researchers on rare diseases in our country.
On February 28th, Rare Disease Day, the Valencian Consortium for the traslational research on rare diseases, had the second meeting at the Hospital General Universitario de Alicante (HGUA), with the support of patients’ associations: ADEC, FEDER and ADIBI. During this meeting, the speakers presented the different research lines that are ongoing in several Valencian centers: Centro de Investigación Príncipe Felipe (CIPF, Carmen Espinós), Universitat de València (Federico Pallardó), Instituto de Biomedicina de Valencia - CSIC (Vicente Rubio), FISABIO (Óscar Zurriaga), IIS La Fe (José M. Millán), and others.