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Rare Disease Day 2017

The Malta BioBank/ and the Research Trust (RIDT) of the University of Malta once again organised the third national colloquium on research in rare disease. This year, the event took place on Thursday 23rd February 2017 at 8.00pm at the Auditorium of the ICT Faculty at the University of Malta.

The Colloquium was held with the support of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Prof Godfrey LaFerla and the Director of the Centre of Molecular Medicine and BioBanking, Prof Richard Muscat. The Hon Chris Fearne, Minister for Health and Ms Michelle Muscat, Chairperson of the Marigold Foundation and President of the National alliance for Rare Diseases Support were also present. The event also enjoyed the support of the Malta College of Family Doctors.

The event provided an opportunity for researchers and experts in various fields to present their research on a number of rare disorders. Some of these initiatives are being funded by the Research Trust (RIDT) of the University. The colloquium seeks to generate more awareness on such rare disorders to the public at large.

This event was supported by Vivian Corporation representing Pfizer, Shire and BioMarin in Rare Disease Research.

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Science in the Citadel Gozo

The new Gozo Science festival Science In The Citadel released its full programme today for the April 22 event. Dr Anton Refalo, Minister for Gozo, opens the event at 9 am for 12 hours of shows, workshops, talks by eminent local scientists, debates, demonstrations, film and interactive Science Fair fun all within the atmospheric confines of the ancient Citadel. An easy to use trail guide and map is now available online at

A full range of science disciplines is covered with activities at all levels from kindergarten to postgraduate, all with the aim of engaging and exciting people about the science taking place on the Maltese Islands, whether they be local residents or just visitors for the day. 32 different organisations - including the University of Malta, Microsoft Youthspark, the Police Forensic Science Lab, Esplora and SharkLab, with many science student organisations - are laying on 50 different activities so there truly is something for everyone at the first of what is sure to become an annual attraction on Gozo.

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Xjenza Online - COST Special Issue - March 2017

In this special issue of Xjenza Online, presented are papers by scientists based in Malta, notably from the University of Malta, with collaborators from institutions in Europe that have participated in European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) actions. COST is Europe’s longest-running intergovernmental framework for cooperation in science and technology. Founded in 1971, the mission of COST is to “enable breakthrough scientific developments leading to
new concepts and products and thereby contribute to strengthen Europe’s research and innovation capacities.”

This special issue of Xjenza Online showcases 9 articles. The first article provides some history and background on COST and highlights the increased participation of Malta in these actions, which has steadily grown from 47 researchers in 2011 to 149 in 2014. The other contributions are on topics associated with specific COST Actions.

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Science Policy in Malta: The Knowledge Economy

"Malta must act now to bring science within everyone’s reach, raise the next generation of problem solvers, support Maltese research at every level, and invest in RD&I for a high-value sustainable economy."

The Malta Chamber of Scientists is concerned that science is not being given its due importance in Malta. This document outlines an inclusive vision for a cohesive science policy that will impact positively across the Maltese economy and will help ensure its continued prosperity. By identifying key issues and proposing solutions, this document provides a blueprint for the future of science in Malta.

Download the press release here.

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