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Rare Disease Day 2018: Show Your Rare. Show You Care.

19 Feb 2018 | By Inserm (Newsroom) | Europe | Event | France | International | International day

February 28, 2018, marks the eleventh annual world Rare Disease Day, which carries the slogan “Show your rare. Show you care.” and the #ShowYourRare hashtag. World Rare Disease Day was created in 2008 by EURORDIS and the Council of National Alliances. Ninety countries will be participating in 2018.

Orphanet: a Portal for Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs

Orphanet, which is coordinated by Inserm and is a member of the Rare Disease Platform, is the portal of reference for rare diseases and orphan drugs. It offers an array of freely accessible services to allow patients to understand their disease and its consequences, and to orient them in their care pathways by identifying diagnosis laboratories and reference centers.

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SOLVE-RD: Major European Funding for Rare Disease Research

A large consortium headed by the University of Tübingen (Germany), the Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen (Netherlands), and the University of Leicester (UK), as well as Inserm in France through Orphanet, two major research institutions (the Myology Center for Research and the Brain and Spine institute in Paris), Eurordis, and the Dijon University Hospital, received a €15 million grant for the SOLVE-RD research program.

This large-scale research program is operating under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program. Its aim is to use a single infrastructure to coordinate and analyze all data generated across Europe on rare diseases in order to better identify and diagnose people suffering from the same rare disease.

Today, no less than twenty-four European Reference Networks (ERN) have been set up to improve and harmonize diagnosis and treatment for people with rare diseases. To date, four of them have joined SOLVE-RD by adding and sharing their patient data: RND for rare neurological diseases, EURO-NMD for neuromuscular diseases, ITHACA for congenital malformations and intellectual disability, and GENTURIS for genetic tumor risk syndromes. Other ERNs will join the project in the months to come.

The SOLVE-RD project website

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The SOLVE-RD Member Inserm Teams

Inserm Unit US14 Information and service platform for rare diseases and orphan drugs (Orphanet)

Contribution: description of profiles of patients suffering from unnamed rare diseases

Inserm Unit 1127 Brain and Spine Institute (ICM)

Contribution: ERN-RND

Inserm Unit 974 Myology Center for Research (CRM)

Contribution: ERN-EURO-NMD

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Ana-Maria Rath

Chercheuse Inserm

Directrice de l’Unité S14 “Plateforme d’information et de services pour les maladies rares et les médicaments orphelins (Orphanet)”

+33 (0)1 56 53 81 37



Giovanni Stevanin

Chercheur Inserm

Unité 1127″ Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epinière (ICM)”

Equipe “Bases moléculaires, physiopathologie et traitement des maladies neurodégénératives”

+33 (0)1 57 27 46 49



Gisèle Bonne

Chercheuse Inserm

Unité 974 “Centre de Recherche en Myologie (CRM)”

Responsable de l’équipe “Génétique, physiopathologie et approches thérapeutiques des maladies musculaires”

+33 (0)1 42 16 57 23


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