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21 August, 2015 - 11:06 By Tony Quested

Hawking backs Cambridge rare disease summit

Cambridge Judge Business School front entrance

Legendary Cambridge academic Professor Stephen Hawking has added further intellectual weight to an inaugural rare disease summit being held in the city in September.

He will be sharing his thoughts with the event via video link. The Cambridge Rare Disease Summit is being held at Judge Business School on September 14 and is the brainwave of Healx, the Cambridge startup that helps identify medical technology to treat rare disease sufferers.

Healx founder, Tim Guilliams, co-launched the Cambridge Rare Disease Network and this is its first summit. CRDN is a non-profit organisation aiming to create awareness of rare diseases and form a community that builds on the Cambridge area's strengths in research and industry.

Prof. Hawking is the former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and author of the international bestseller ‘A Brief History of Time’.

In 1963, Hawking contracted motor neurone disease and was given two years to live. More than 50 years later, he is still an active researcher, and has just published his 13th book, co-written with his daughter, Lucy. He holds over a dozen honorary degrees and was awarded the CBE in 1982. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and a Member of the US National Academy of Science. He is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein.

Hawking’s contribution adds to others from 150 experts in rare disease from research, healthcare, industry, business and charity. Other notable contributors include Hermann Hauser, Sir Greg Winter and Professor Steve Jackson.

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