The British Porphyria Association (BPA) was established in 1999 by a group of patients and relatives who had experienced isolation and difficulties due to their diagnosis, and had found there to be a general lack of understanding and assistance available. The BPA became a registered charity in 2001 and is run by a committee of volunteers.


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Porphyria patients at the International Patient Day in Lucerne, Switzerland.  


Open meetings

We usually have two open days / conferences a year.  At these, we have talks by medical experts in porphyria and by patients;  it is also a chance to meet and talk to other patients with porphyria. Our next one is in Salford on Friday 8th July 2016 and then we have our Autumn Conference and AGM in Peterborough on Saturday 1st October.


Stop Press!

Newsletter correction: The Great South Run is a run of 10 miles from Southsea to Portsmouth, not 13.1 as stated in the Spring 2016 newsletter. So what are you waiting for? It’s not half as bad as you thought!

We also have four places in the Swim Serpentine on Saturday 24th September 2016 – this event is a 1-mile open water swim in Hyde Park, London.

Places will go on a first come, first served basis, so please contact the BPA on liz.gill@porphyria.org.uk or 0300 30 200 30 to register your interest.


What does the BPA aim to do?

The Association aims to reach out to as many people as possible in order to improve the understanding of this condition, including:

  • patients and relatives
  • doctors and medical staff
  • hospitals and research establishments

The porphyrias are a group of rare conditions and are often portrayed in a dismal light. Although the disorders can in some cases be very severe, there are many reasons to be optimistic and with the right information, many sufferers can live absolutely normal lives. Early diagnosis is vital if we are to improve the quality of life for those affected by it.

  • The BPA’s primary aim is to improve understanding of the condition, raising awareness and ensuring that the portrayal is always accurate.
  • The BPA raises funds in order to educate patients and their families about their condition.
  • The BPA aims to provide an emotional support system for sufferers and their families and provides contacts with doctors and specialists.
  • The BPA aims to facilitate understanding for doctors and other healthcare professionals.
  • The BPA raises funding for new research into the field of porphyria and encourages new research projects.

Porphyria is pronounced similarly all over Europe, but the spelling varies considerably: porfiria, porfyrier, porfyria and porphiria.


Videos on EPP from the US – thank you NBC/Dateline

Please find below a couple of links to a really interesting documentary on EPP – this was aired in the states on NBC a few weeks ago… After speaking with the producer, he advised that he would get the segment uploaded onto a vimeo channel. Since then, it also appears to be on YouTube.

It is a very interesting watch for anyone with EPP or for anyone who supports someone with EPP… The BPA would love to be able to arrange some form of summer camp/event/holiday exchange for children with EPP – and would love to model it on the Camp Sundown provided in the US – let’s hope that this is something we can do in the not too distant future.

Hope you enjoy viewing the programme: