Author Archives: Kristen Wheeden

A Meeting of the Minds to Advance Porphyria Research

Last weekend, we welcomed the expert physicians and researchers of the Porphyrias Consortium to the United Porphyrias Association‘s home base in Bethesda, Maryland, with the goal of networking and brainstorming about how to move porphyria research and knowledge forward. The event marked the first in-person meeting of this…

Spring Can Be a Challenge for Those With EPP

With spring upon us, the birds are singing earlier in the morning. The flowers and trees will soon bud. Our clocks have already “sprung” forward. The air is warm, and the sun shines brighter and longer than it has in months. But for some, the signs of spring…

Let’s Keep Rare Disease Day Momentum Going

Rare Disease Day, observed yesterday, involved many awe-inspiring and well-organized virtual events attended by people from all over the world. This annual day of observance generates awareness about some 7,000 known rare diseases and over 300 million people who live with them. According to Global Genes, about 80%…

Will You Join Us on Rare Disease Day 2022?

Rare Disease Day on Feb. 28 is a critical day, although every day is Rare Disease Day when you are living with or caring for someone who has one. The experience is often isolating and lonely, but on this special day, we are all urged to come together as…