A student from the School of Medicine has been presented an award for an essay he wrote as part of a competition to mark Rare Disease Day. Ferenc Gutai, who is currently in Year 2, wrote an essay which tackled the question, How can rare diseases lead the way in medical research and clinical innovation? and was named winner for that category.
While the competition covered topics including personal experience with and also policy surrounding rare diseases, Ferenc chose to cover the potential that rare diseases have in helping medical professionals develop better ways of working towards innovative solutions to medical issues.
Ferenc said, “The crux of my essay was that rare diseases are going to shape medicine in more ways than one — not just from the scientific aspect, but the patient-centred aspect, the collaborative aspect. Rare diseases, as horrible as they are, are helping medicine in a lot of different areas.”
Dr David Russell, Undergraduate Manager, said, “This is a great achievement, especially to achieve this level of recognition at Year 2.”