JCSMR Director’s ‘Health through Discovery’ Public Lecture Series: Rare diseases - resilience and rosetta stones

Professor Matthew Cook
Co-Director, Centre for Personalised Immunology, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment

Patients with rare diseases often endure years of uncertainty about their diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. Remarkably, when answers eventually come, they sometimes prove to be informative not only for the individual patient, but for many. To understand how this happens, we need to know the differences between rare diseases and more common ones. Contemporary medicine is better placed to elucidate the causes of rare diseases than ever before.

In this lecture, Professor Cook will discuss how information revealed by insights into rare diseases can have large implications for human health.

This Public Lecture is being held in conjunction with Rare Diseases Day, 29 February 2016, bringing together people living with or affected by a rare disease, patient organisations, politicians, carers, medical professionals, researchers and industry to raise awareness of rare diseases.


Date & time

5.30–7pm 29 February 2016


The Finkel Lecture Theatre, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, 131 Garran Rd, ANU


 Dr Madeleine Nicol
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