Paediatric Expert Patients Training Workshop

  • 21 June 2023 - 09:00
  • Barcelona, Spain

Are you an adolescent aged from 12 to 18 years old with an interest in health, biomedical research, healthcare, and children rights?
Are you a patient with a chronic rare disease willing to get the skills to shape the future of research making it more inclusive for younger people?
If yes, this paediatric expert patients training workshop is for you!

The workshop, devoted to 15 paediatric patients in Europe, is organised by the TEDDY European Network of Excellence for Paediatric Research, in collaboration with EURORDIS and the Sant Joan de Déu Research Foundation in the framework of the European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP RD).

The EJP RD is an EU-funded project aimed at raising the level of knowledge and awareness on rare diseases (RD) research. It namely aims at empowering patients and creating expert patients by providing training materials, workshops and courses on scientific innovation and research.

This year, the paediatric training  workshop will take place in Barcelona, Spain, from Wednesday 21st to Friday 23rd June 2023.

This course specifically aims at making young patients like you ready to actively participate in scientific research. It will help you play an important role in improving research and healthcare services for all patients by contributing with your own specific experience.

To be an active contributor, you need to be well trained and properly educated on the main subjects related to scientific and biomedical research.

Education of young people is therefore essential to incorporate you as advisors along the drug development process and to facilitate the implementation of children rights allowing you to participate in decisions regarding your health.

A patient-centered approach can improve the capacity of collaboration with the different stakeholders who participate in the translational research process and in the development of innovative medicines.

The training workshop will foresee case studies, practical activities & discussions to ease your understanding of the topics presented and to assess if the expected objectives are reached.

The workshops will be performed in English and delivered by pediatricians, investigators, psychologists, representatives of patients’ associations, YPAGs facilitators, legal, ethical, and regulatory experts.

If you are interested in the course and advocate for rare disease research, please fill in the registration form that you can find at this link

The deadline for sending your application is May 31st, 2023.
The accommodation and travel of the young patient costs will be fully covered by our organisation. The travel and accommodation costs for the accompanying person will be examined on case by case basis and upon the request. Unfortunately the budget allocated to the workshop does not allow on automatic coverage of these costs.
Please be informed that your personal data will be kept strictly confidential, and all information will be handled through very secure electronic systems and used only for the purpose of the meeting.

All the applications will be evaluated by a Project Committee composed of members from TEDDY European Network of Excellence for Paediatric Research, Sant Joan de Déu Research Foundation and Eurordis that are leading this initiative. Results will be communicated to you and your parents on June 7th.

The participants will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • Good English proficiency
  • Age (between 12 and 18)
  • Country (to guarantee a fair geographic representation
  • Motivation and interest in improving health research Participation in specific advisory groups or paediatric patients’ organisations

A specific written parental authorization and an assent form will be required.


  • Start Date:21 June 2023
  • Start Time:09:00
  • End Date:23 June 2023
  • End Time:17:00
  • Location:Barcelona, Spain