Research Priorities for Rare Diseases

Eurordis believes that rare disease research needs to be developed at the European level, rather than in isolation within single laboratories scattered throughout the EU. It requires a multidisciplinary approach, coordinating specialist research teams and optimizing knowledge and technology developments. Policies, funding, infrastructures and technological platforms need strategic coordination. 

 

Patients, as the ultimate beneficiaries of research on their diseases and as repository of an expertise which can be instrumental to research, should be accorded a greater role. Research must have a patient-centred approach, emphasizing patient quality of life.

 

Eurordis identifies six strategic areas needing attention as a matter of priority: epidemiology; genetic and molecular characterisation; pathophysiology; reliability and accessibility of diagnostic performance; therapeutic research; and research in social and human sciences in the field of rare diseases.

 

This Contribution is one of four specific topics addressed in Eurordis’ response to the European Commission’s Public Consultation for the first Commission Communication on Rare Diseases.

 
 
A voz das pessoas com doenças raras na EuropaEURORDIS A voz internacional das pessoas com doenças raras, Rare Diseases InternacionalRare Disease International Reúne doentes, famílias e especialistas para partilhar experiências num fórum multilinguístico. RareConnect O programa Rare Barometer é uma iniciativa da EURORDIS para a realização de inquéritos para transformar a experiência das pessoas com doenças raras em números e factos que podem ser partilhados com os responsáveis pela tomada de decisões.Rare Barometer An international awareness raising campaign taking place on the last day of February each year, Rare Disease Day is a EURORDIS initiativeRare Disease Day Adira ao maior encontro europeu das partes interessadas no âmbito das doenças raras na Conferência Bienal Europeia sobre Doenças Raras e Produtos Órfãos. A ECRD é uma iniciativa da EURORDISEuropean Conference on Rare Diseases