Rare Diseases

Rare Disease Project Wins 2016 Jack Webster Award

Million Dollar Meds, a multimedia project on the cost of drugs for rare diseases, has won a Jack Webster award in the Science, Technology, Health and Environment category.

The multimedia project introduces different voices and invites the public to explore the issues surrounding rare diseases through the eyes of medical professionals, patients, families, health economists and policymakers.

The Webster award, which honours the best journalism produced out of British Columbia, was accepted by project director Alberto Mendoza-Galina, as well as by producer Katelyn Verstraten and project supervisor Peter Klein. The content was created by Alberto Mendoza-Galina, Katelyn Verstraten, Dr. Keith Rozendal and Dr. Clea Machold, all of whom began this work as their master’s projects under the supervision of Peter Klein; Dr. Larry Lynd co-supervised Alberto, Keith and Katelyn.