EURORDIS Open Academy

Through the EURORDIS Open Academy capacity-building programmes, EURORDIS empowers patient advocates to have the confidence and knowledge needed to bring their expertise to discussions on health care, research and medicines development.

Open Academy alumni engage in these discussions as equal partners, side by side with policy makers, industry and scientists, to effectively improve care, treatment and the lives of people affected by a rare disease.

The EURORDIS Open Academy trains over 150 patient advocates a year. It encompasses all EURORDIS capacity-building programmes: the EURORDIS Summer School, created in 2008, and newer trainings the Winter School, Digital School and Leadership School. These are provided through a blended learning made up of face-to-face trainings and e-learning modules.

Join the Open Academy to participate in free e-learning modules

To ensure the Open Academy is accessible to patient advocates around the world, EURORDIS is developing an e-learning platform that currently includes over 50 courses on the topics of medicines R&D, translational research and scientific innovation. All courses are taught by Open Academy faculty members who are recognised experts in their fields.

Sign up to the Open Academy e-learning to join over 650 people from 100 countries who have already taken the online courses.

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If you have any questions about the EURORDIS Open Academy please contact Sharon Ashton


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