The 2020 Student Voice Prize winners are announced!

by | Feb 2, 2021

It’s been three months since The 2020 Student Voice Prize officially opened for submissions back on 5th October 2020. Over that period, we received impressive essays from around the world and were inundated with patient group pairing requests. It’s with great excitement that Findacure and M4RD can announce The 2020 Student Voice Prize winners, who dazzled the judges with their powerful and impactful rare disease essays.

Please help us congratulate the following SVP winners!


2020 Overall Winner

2020 Runner-Up:


2020 Runner-Up:

  • Molly Bowden from The University of Edinburgh for her essay entitled, “What is Leigh Syndrome? If you had MS, I could help you”
  • Molly was paired with a patient living with Leigh Syndrome who highlighted the challenges she faces with healthcare service, especially when seeking care from those who lack awareness of rare diseases.


2020 Runner-Up:

Catriona’s winning essay will be published in full in the Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases and Caitlyn, Molly and Sanjana’s essays will be published on BioMed Central‘s blog closer to Rare Disease Day 2021. If you want a taste of what’s to come in their essays, read our 2020 Student Voice Prize winners blog, which features excerpts from all four essays!