The Student Voice Prize

Meet the 2023 winners!

We are delighted to have now finalised the results of The Student Voice Prize 2023.

This was our biggest competition yet with 100 essays submitted by students from 30 universities across 18 different countries.

The winning essay and blogs will be available to read on Rare Disease Day 2024!

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Overall winner

Leisha Devisetti

Leisha studies Molecular Cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley

Essay title: Investigating Communication Around Uncertainty: Implications on Patient and Family Well-Being


Chandan Singh Sekhon

Medicine, The University of Cambridge

Essay title: Rare Diseases: How Language and Format Affect Inclusive Study Recruitment and Recommendations to Mitigate this

Oreoluwatoni Oduwole

Medicine, University College London

Essay title: Navigating a Rare Diagnosis: Sources of Information and the Medical Professional’s Role

Iman Muzafar

Medicine, Kings College London

Essay title: Endless Uncertainty: Living with a rare condition

The Student Voice Prize is incredibly proud of its international reach and to celebrate this we have a dedicated shortlist for students whose second language is English. 

English a second language winner

Diya Porwal

Master of Genetic Counselling, University of Technology, Sydney

Essay title: Battling uncertainty: The story of a SCAD survivor

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