The Voice of Rare Disease
Patients in Europe
ExPRESS 2017 Expert Patient and Researcher EURORDIS Summer School
Patients are taking on ever increasing roles in advocating for medicines development, equal access to treatments across Europe and ensuring that medical information is clear, accurate and comprehensible. In order to help prepare them for these roles and as part of its commitment to empowering people living with rare diseases, EURORDIS launched its own training programme for expert patients in 2008.
The programme allows patients and researchers to sharpen their advocacy skills and gain an understanding of the regulatory process of orphan medicinal products so that they are able to advocate at a European level.
The programme has online and face-to-face components. The face-to-face portion trains 40 expert patients annually as part of an intensive 4.5-day course held in Barcelona, Spain.
The next session will take place 5-9th June 2017 in Barcelona. The deadline for applications is 30th November 2016.
- How to apply
- Programme Content
- Why the Summer School was developed
- Summer School Alumni
- Online training
- Financial support
Please download and complete the application form below before 30th November 2016. Only complete applications wil be considered by the evaluation committee. You are strongly encouraged to send in your application form as soon as possible.
The EURORDIS Summer School covers the follow topics:
- Clinical Trials Methodology
- Clinical Research
- Ethical Considerations in Medicines Development
- Regulatory affairs
- Health Technology Assessment
- Marketing Authorisations
The Summer School was developed to fill specific needs identified by expert patients, EURORDIS and the European Medicines Agency. Expert patients from EURORDIS are permanent representatives on EMA Scientific Committees and working parties. EURORDIS recognises their need for support and training that includes an overview of clinical research and methodology, medicines development and regulatory procedures.
In 2000, the Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products (COMP) was formed at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European authorities had the foresight to include patients' representatives as permanent and full members with equal voting rights. Three patients' representatives sit on this committee and the position of Vice-Chair of the COMP has to date always been held by a patients' representative.
Since this time, a working party and three more scientific committees have been created, all of which include patients' representatives:
- Patients' and Consumers' Working Party (PCWP) in 2006
- Paediatric Committee (PDCO) in 2008
- Committee for Advanced Therapies (CAT) in 2009
- Pharmacovigilance and Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) in 2012
Expert Patients are also frequently solicited for their input on the development of specific products for their disease, e.g.; via the process of Protocol Assistance with the Scientific Advice Working Party (SAWP).
To date, the Summer School has trained over 300 participants from more than 40 countries and representing over 70 different diseases. Summer School alumni report an increased awareness of the importance of their involvement in all aspects of medicines development and of their potential to be a real force. Participants also recognise the need for patients' organisations to collaborate internationally as well as the importance of involvement in the activities of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and EURORDIS. The training experience reinforces participants' sense of community, and increases their individual capacities.
Ahead of the Summer School in Barcelona, participants are invited to take part in a pre-training course. In addition to the face-to-face training programme, trainees have access to freely available on-line modules, webcasts and slide presentations to allow them to prepare for the face-to-face training and to review and refer back to the content once they have completed the training.
For more information about EURORDIS Summer School please contact Nancy Hamilton firstname.lastname@example.org
The Summer School is financed by:
- 2008 to 2010 DIA Philanthropy Programme
- 2008 to 2016 French Muscular Dystrophy Association (AFM)
- 2008 to 2016Inserm
- 2008 to 2015 Fundació Doctor Robert UAB
- 2008 to 2016 Executive Agency for Health and Consumers Operating Grant
- 2012 to 2016 European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN)
- 2013 to 2016Platforma Malalties Minoritaries
- 2015 and 2016 Cost Action Exon Skipping BM1207
The EURORDIS Summer School for Patient Advocates is made possible thanks to the generous support of: