As a new researcher in the field of bone marrow failure I felt excited and grateful to be given the opportunity to represent Australia and to present our new research project at the 12th Annual DBA International Consensus Conference sponsored by the Daneilla Maria Arturi Foundation.
It was very inspiring to witness such a diverse group of over 100 scientists and clinicians gathered in one room from across the globe, all displaying such dedication to understanding the causes of a rare ‘orphan’ disease: Diamond Blackfan Anaemia.
The atmosphere at the meeting was very stimulating and collaborative, with scientists sharing their ideas and results using many different but complementary approaches.
The ultimate goal is to be able to translate all this research from the lab bench to improving the lives of DBA patients (and other bone marrow failure sufferers) through development of more effective treatments or even a cure.
I left the conference feeling motivated and inspired by as Marie Arturi would say, the ‘DBA family’ and encouraged by the collaborative nature of the researchers in our efforts to make a real difference to these patients lives ultimately finding a cure.
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