We are pleased to be co-hosting a networking event with the Victoria University of Wellington for rare disorder researchers and specialists in New Zealand.
As in many areas of scientific discovery it is equally true for rare disorders research and practice that we don’t know what we don’t know. Here in New Zealand, there are a number of world leading rare disorders research initiatives being undertaken, but often in isolation from, and therefore unknown, to one another. This means that opportunities for knowledge and insights to be transferred from one area of research to others, and to clinical practice are potentially being lost.
We hope that you’ll be able to join us and take this opportunity to talk to and learn from your fellow colleagues and experts – and connect a few dots.
Dr. Gareth Baynam, Clinical Geneticist and Medical Director of the Rare Care Centre (WA) and Professor Justin O’Sullivan, director of the Liggins Institute, will be the guest speakers.
Gareth is the Medical Director of the Rare Care Centre in Western Australia and has a long-standing commitment to improved indigenous health care. He will talk about how rare disorders innovation has contributed to improvements in rare and undiagnosed disorders service delivery.
Justin is Director at the Liggins Institute. He will present on his team’s groundbreaking newborn genomics research programme focusing on rapid whole-genome sequencing of parents and children for the identification of diseases that have genetic components
The meeting will be chaired by Stephen Robertson, Professor of Paediatric Genetics at the University of Otago, and Rare Disorders NZ Board member.