Orphan Disease Center


CTSA Undergraduate Student Symposium: Orphan Diseases

Orphan diseases represent a collection of disorders that individually afflict fewer than 200,000 people but in aggregate affect over 25 million. Research into most of the diseases has lagged far behind other major areas. Penn's Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, together with the Center for Orphan Disease Research and Therapy and with the support of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), announces the sixth annual CTSA Undergraduate Student Symposium.

The symposium is directed toward area college undergraduate students and is open to all other interested parties. Attendees in the past have included, apart from undergraduate students, post-baccalaureate students, graduate and medical students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and the public.

The symposium will be held Friday, April 24, 1:30-5:00pm, in the Robert Austrian Auditorium of the Clinical Research Building (CRB) of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

A luncheon preceding the symposium will be offered for undergraduate students interested in PhD, MD, and MD/PhD programs as they relate to careers in the biomedical sciences. Talks will be given by senior staff of respective programs at Penn. The luncheon will take place Noon-1:30pm on the 2nd floor of BRB II/III.

For more information about the symposium, click here.

Scientific Symposia

The Orphan Disease Center will facilitate several scientific symposia throughout the year focusing on varying areas of rare disease research and therapy. For an opportunity to co-host a symposium on your rare disease focus, please submit a proposal through the link below.

Click here to submit a proposal.

Drug Discovery for Nonsense Mutations in Cystic Fibrosis

On Wednesday, January 21st, 2015, Dr. Kevin Foskett, the Isaac Ott Professor and Chair of the Department of Physiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, in partnership with The Orphan Disease Center and Emily's Entourage, hosted a scientific symposium to accelerate research for nonsense mutations of Cystic Fibrosis. Leading CF experts from industry, academia and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation joined together to collaborate, share research and ideas, and establish an agenda for the development of new treatments for nonsense CF mutations.

Participants enjoyed a cocktail reception and dinner in advance of the symposium at The White Dog Cafe.

Cystic Fibrosis Symposium with Emily's Entourage

For more information about Emily's Entourage, see https://emilysentourage.org

Million Dollar Bike Ride

The second annual Million Dollar Bike Ride be held on May 9th, 2015. The routes for the ride will again start and finish at the University of Pennsylvania campus in downtown Philadelphia. We are in full gear organizing the 2015 event and we thank you for the many suggestions to improve on our effort from last year. We have approval for a much better exit and entry back into the city through road closures. This year we will have a straight shot from the start to the river drive with the streets completely shut down for our exit. The return will stay on the river drives almost all the way until the South Street bridge which will bring us over to the finish with very little time on streets with traffic for the short route.

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