Newsletter of the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network, an initiative of ORDR, NCATS


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The Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network (RDCRN) was established by the Office of Rare Diseases Research (ORDR), National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop research studies for rare diseases, and to encourage cooperative partnerships among researchers at over 400 clinical centers around the world. This increased cooperation may lead to discoveries that will help treat and perhaps prevent these rare diseases, as well as produce medical advances that will benefit the population in general. The RDCRN is comprised of a Data Management and Coordinating Center and 21 consortia studying over 200 rare diseases.

The RDCRN, an initiative of the Office of Rare Diseases Research, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (ORDR, NCATS), is funded by ORDR, NCATS, NINDS, NIDDK, NICHD, NIAMS, NIAID, NIDCR, NHLBI, NIMH, and ODS.

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