Orphan Disease Center


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.

Click here for more information.