Solving the puzzle of rare diseases through international collaboration

Shortening the diagnostic journey and providing effective treatments are key to a longer and healthier life for patients. These are just a few of the major milestones in rare disease research spearheaded by the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium (IRDiRC), a joint initiative by the European Commission and the US National Institutes of Health launched in 2011. As the … Read more

Currently there’s no cure for rare types of cystic fibrosis, but researchers are making significant advances

Current treatments for cystic fibrosis are not suitable for all patients. The lack of treatment options is distressing for people suffering from a rare type of this degenerative and life-threatening disease. But researchers are making major advances.    A decade ago, few cystic fibrosis patients lived beyond their teens. Thanks to a breakthrough in treatment … Read more