Author Archives: Hawken Miller

Organizations Rally to Help Ukrainian Rare Disease Patients

A Russian military plane crash near Tetiana Zamorska’s home in Kyiv, Ukraine, was a sign that it was time for her and her family to leave. The treacherous, 34-hour pilgrimage that ultimately brought the group of eight by car to temporary accommodations in neighboring Poland last month was physically and emotionally difficult,…

SC RED Puts Focus on Patients’ Reproductive and Sexual Health

Until Teonna Woolford faced her own infertility after a haploidentical (half-match) bone marrow transplant, she hadn’t given’t much thought to the lack of awareness and resources for sexual health across the sickle cell disease (SCD) community. Hospital stays, liver failure, and a hip replacement surgery were already part…

Rare Disease Day Panel Opens Window to Patient Experience

BioNews, the publisher of this website, hosted a virtual panel discussion on Rare Disease Day 2022, taking a deeper dive into what it’s like to live with a rare disease, including conversations about advocacy, mental health, survivor’s guilt, treatment of minority patients, and more. The Monday event, “A…

Q&A With RARE-X Disease Data Platform Founder, Nicole Boice

The nonprofit RARE-X is creating an easily-accessible, centralized data hub for all rare disease patient data that can help researchers answer questions about existing disorders, discover new ones, and work toward finding treatments. It was spun out of the work that Nicole Boice, founder and chief engagement officer of…

Rare Disease Day Events Bring Awareness, Equity to Patients

Since 2008, Rare Disease Day — the last day of February — has brought together patients, caregivers, family members, friends, and advocates from around the world to raise awareness and improve equity for the more than 7,000 known rare diseases that affect more than 300 million people. In 2022, the…

Q&A With New CEO of the SCDAA, Regina Hartfield

Regina Hartfield is set to become the president and CEO of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) on Jan. 14. She brings with her experience ranging from project manager at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and community relations coordinator at The New York Botanical Garden to, most recently,…