Dr Androulla Eleftheriou obtained her graduate and postgraduate degrees in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Virology, and Business Administration from the University of London and the University of Leicester, UK, receiving fellowships from the World Health Organization and the Fulbright Commission. Her postdoctoral studies were completed at the Centre for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA, USA. From 1990 until August 2006, she was Head of the Virus Reference Centre of the Cyprus Ministry of Health. Since 2006 she serves as the Executive Director of the Thalassaemia International Federation, after 13 years of being a volunteer and Scientific Coordinator of the Federation’s renowned educational programme. Dr Eleftheriou is an expert patient advocate, having attended seminars on Patient Advocacy offered by the Harvard University in Boston, MA, USA. She served as Member of the Board of Directors of IAPO, EPHA, President of the Cyprus Alliance for Rare Disorders and participated in several committees and bodies (EUCERD, ESTM, SITA) as both a scientist and patient advocate.