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Impact Features

Dynamic teams of physicians, researchers, patients, and patient advocates work together in each RDCRN consortium to advance rare diseases research. This page collects feature articles highlighting both the work of the RDCRN consortia and the people behind that work. Choose the consortium acronym at the top of the page to view features articles related to that consortium.

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Keyword co-occurrence visualization map of RDCRN-supported publications 2004–2020.

January 29, 2024

The Rare Diseases Act of 2002 (H.R. 4013) enacted the establishment of the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network (RDCRN) in 2003.

Headshot of Fernando Scaglia, MD

June 7, 2022

Fernando Scaglia, MD, is a professor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine; co-director of the Pediatric…

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June 3, 2022

The North American Mitochondrial Disease Consortium (NAMDC) was established to create a network of clinicians and clinical investigators in North…

The Estopinan family at an outdoor gathering

May 26, 2022

Art Estopinan is a government consultant and political advisor who has spent his life advocating for different causes. When his son Arturo, now 11,…

Headshot of Zarazuela Zolkipli-Cunningham, MBChB, MRCP

May 19, 2022

Zarazuela Zolkipli-Cunningham, MBChB, MRCP, is an attending physician in the Mitochondrial Medicine Frontier Program (MMFP) at Children's Hospital of…