About this event

  • Date and time Wed 24 Feb 2021 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Medical Genetics

Medics 4 Rare Diseases and the RSM bring together a faculty of top speakers to explore how rare diseases are relevant in everyday clinical medicine.

This online meeting is the only one of its kind specifically targeting medical professionals to teach them about the broad concepts of rare disease and offering pragmatic advice about how to diagnose and manage them in everyday medicine. Broader coverage of rare diseases is minimal. This is despite 3.5 million people in the UK living with a rare disease - making rare diseases collectively common. The rare disease and genomic field is changing rapidly and continuing medical education is desperately needed in order to make full use of new innovation and therapies. 

At this unique meeting, we will hear from patients and advocates as well as doctors in order to inclusively hear from all perspectives of the rare disease specialty.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand that rare diseases are collectively common
  • Appreciate the common challenges that people with rare disease face in the journey to diagnosis and beyond
  • Value the lived experience that expert patients can share with you in order to improve their care
  • Promote the work of M4RD and the role of the Medical Genetics Section

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The Royal Society of Medicine needs your support 
The RSM is offering this webinar at no charge to delegates, in order to help healthcare professionals to easily access COVID-19 related education material & resources during the pandemic. However, we are asking people to support the RSM in these unprecedented times. Now more than everas a charity we need your help to continue our work and mission in advancing healthcare through innovation and education. Please consider making a donation  for joining this webinar. Thank you for your generosity. 


Standard pricing available until 24 February 2021.


RSM Member RSM Trainee RSM Student
£0.00 £0.00 £0.00

Non - Member

Non - Member Trainee Student
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Key speakers

Dr Gareth Baynam

Clinical Geneticist, Genetic Services of Western Australia

Georgina Morton

Founder and Chair, ArchAngel MLD Trust 

Professor Bobby Gaspar

Honorary Clinical Professor, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the UCL Institute of Child Health

David Rose



View the programme here

Welcome and introduction

Dr Lucy McKay, Chief Executive Officer, Medics for Rare Diseases

Rare disease 101

Dr Lucy McKay

The undiagnosed project

Dr Gareth Baynam, Clinical Geneticist, Genetic Services of Western Australia

Shortening the diagnostic odyssey through newborn screening

Georgina Morton, Founder and Chair, ArchAngel MLD Trust 

Harnessing the power of gene therapy after diagnosis

Professor Bobby Gaspar, Honorary Clinical Professor, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the UCL Institute of Child Health.

Panel discussion
I am Number 17 Campaign

David Rose, Patient

Winner of Student Voice Prize 2020
Panel discussion
Close of meeting



*Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.  

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