Rare Diseases are Not Rare!
NIH observed rare disease day on 28th February 2019 to build commitment in helping people with rare diseases through research at National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and Clinical Center (CC). NCATS selected eleven honorable mentions and three winners from nearly fifty submissions to a challenge seeking creative ways to raise awareness about rare diseases and the need for expanded research, development of diagnostics and treatments and patient support.
NCATS regularly partners with patient advocacy groups to accelerate progress in rare diseases research. NCATS has developed Toolkit for Patient-Focused Therapy Development, Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network, Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases program and Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center.
For further detail on accelerating progress on rare diseases research, please see NCATS’s Features and Briefs: https://ncats.nih.gov/pubs/features/epidermolysis.
For technologies related to rare diseases, please click the following link: https://www.ott.nih.gov/search/node/rare%20diseases.