National Institutes of Health Resources

The National Institutes of Health and National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences offer a wide range of information, resources, and services for patients and families. Many of these are dedicated to engaging the patient community throughout the translational science process:

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The Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD) from NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences has easy-to-understand information about rare or genetic diseases. You may also call 1-888-205-2311 (toll-free) to talk to a GARD information specialist.

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The NCATS Toolkit for Patient-Focused Therapy Development has a collection of online resources that can help patient groups advance medical research for rare diseases.

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The Rare Diseases Registry Program from NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences offers online resources for patient groups on setting up and managing a successful registry.

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The Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) is a research study funded by NIH that aims to improve the diagnosis and care of patients with undiagnosed diseases. You can contact the UDN Coordinating Center at or 1-844-746-4836 (toll-free).

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Rare Diseases Community Resources: NCATS offers free materials and resources to help patients, caregivers, patient support organizations, healthcare providers, and scientists learn about rare diseases and help advance research.

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The Rare Diseases Registry (RaDaR) Program defines best practices for developing patient registries.

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Learn about FDA Patient Engagement: Understand the different opportunities in which patients and caregivers can get involved.

Coalition of Patient Advocacy Groups Webinar Series

From July 2020 through January 2021, the RDCRN-CPAG will host a five-part, bi-monthly webinar series entitled, “Navigating the World of Rare Disease Clinical Trials from the Patient Perspective.” Please check back periodically for new postings.