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Opportunity profile: Rare disease needs input from outsiders

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Action for A-T is a rare-disease charity in a rare situation: it has funding for research but few applicants. Sean Kelly, the charity’s chief executive, tells Ashleigh Furlong why ataxia telangiectasia is a condition more researchers should work on.

Sean’s top tips

  • Consider applying even if you have not worked specifically in A-T research before.
  • Check your facts and figures, ensuring that everything is backed up by previous research.
  • Try to focus on one issue that you want to tackle rather than approaching many at once.
  • Do not be put off if you are an early-career researcher.

Action for A-T is a charity that funds research into ataxia telangiectasia, a rare genetic degenerative disease that affects the entire body. In A-T, a gene called ATM is mutated, causing problems for the nervous, immune and reproductive systems.

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