28 February 2019 will be the twelfth international Rare Disease Day coordinated by EURORDIS. On and around this day hundreds of patient organisations from countries and regions all over the world will hold awareness-raising activities. The theme for Rare Disease Day 2019 is 'Bridging health and social care'.

For most people living with a rare disease, as well as their family members or carers, the reality of daily life can include any combination of the following: collecting and taking medicines, attending appointments, participating in physical therapy, using specialist equipment and accessing various social and community support services and respite care. Managing these care-related tasks alongside their usual daily activities such as work, school and leisure time can be challenging.

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PARADIGM, a collaborative IMI project that aims to make meaningful patient engagement in medicines development a reality. The objective is to develop processes and tools for three key decision-making points: research priority setting, design of clinical trials and early dialogue with regulators and HTA bodies. Share your opinion and experience on patient engagement NOW! Learn more HERE

 

The CORBEL Open Call invites researchers to apply to access technologies and services from more than 20 facilities from 10 different research infrastructures across Europe.
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The International Rare Diseases Research Consortium (IRDiRC) is proud to announce the new vision and goals for 2017-2027. See the publication HERE.

IRDiRC announces its new rare disease research goals for the next decade

IRDiRC announces its new rare disease research goals for the next decade

 

The International Rare Diseases Research Consortium (IRDiRC) is proud to announce the new vision and goals for 2017-2027. IRDiRC, officially launched in 2011, was originally conceived with two main goals: to contribute to the development of 200 new therapies and the means to diagnose most rare diseases by the year 2020. The last six years have seen considerable progress on these goals: the goal to deliver 200 new therapies was achieved in early 2017 – three years earlier than expected – and the goal for diagnostics is within reach. These accomplishments were celebrated at the 3rd IRDiRC Conference in Paris in February 2017.

 

 

In light of this, IRDiRC initiated a year-long collaborative process to devise a new set of global rare disease goals for the upcoming decade. IRDiRC aims to accelerate progress in the short-term with three goals for the Consortium, and ambitiously push the limits of what is currently possible in the longer term with an audacious vision for the field, all with rare disease patients’ lives in mind.

 

 

The new vision: Enable all people living with a rare disease to receive an accurate diagnosis, care, and available therapy within one year of coming to medical attention.

 

 

In order to work towards this bold and ambitious vision, IRDiRC has set three goals for the next decade:

 

 

1. All patients coming to medical attention with a suspected rare disease will be diagnosed within one year if their disorder is known in the medical literature; all currently undiagnosable individuals will enter a globally coordinated diagnostic and research pipeline

 

 

2. 1000 new therapies for rare diseases will be approved, the majority of which will focus on diseases without approved options.

 

 

3. Methodologies will be developed to assess the impact of diagnoses and therapies on rare disease patients

 

 

The progress on the previous goals has shown that the international rare diseases research community is eager to share knowledge and experience, and work collaboratively across borders in order to bring diagnoses and therapies to patients. These new goals can only be achieved with fundamental changes to the way science is conducted, shared, and applied to the care of rare disease patients. IRDiRC members have committed to catalyze such changes and we hope that others will share and help with this commitment to action.  It is time to build new bridges and raise the bar for rare diseases research worldwide.

 

 

For more detailed information on the past progress and future actions, please read three papers that have just been published by IRDiRC:

 

·       Nature Commentary: http://www.nature.com/uidfinder/10.1038/548158c

 

·       CTS Past Perspective: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cts.12501/full

 

·       CTS Future Perspective: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cts.12500/full

 

To apply to become a member of IRDiRC, please see the below link:

 

·       http://www.irdirc.org/about-us/become-a-member/

 

 

About the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium (IRDiRC): IRDiRC was formed to unite public and private sector funders of research, patient advocacy groups, and scientific researchers to advance rare diseases research worldwide. For more information about how IRDiRC is accelerating rare diseases research progress with the ultimate goal of improved health for people living with rare diseases worldwide, visit www.irdirc.org

 

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