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Patrick O'Connor Patrick O’Connor Uplifting Athletes

Check out the Minnesota Twins’ Target Field lit up for Rare Disease Day!

Twins Field

Rob Long Rob Long Uplifting Athletes

In celebration of Rare Disease Day, I am excited to share our most recent draft class from the 2024 Young Investigator Draft! This year we highlighted the significant potential of research in this space when powered by the platform of sports—especially as we surpassed our $1 million in total funding granted. You can watch a recap of the event at the below link!

Amy Raymond Admin Amy Raymond Worldwide Clinical Trials

The Orphan Drug Act (ODA) of 1983 made the development of desperately needed new treatments for rare disease patient communities a possibility in ways it truly had not been before. Over the 40 years of the ODA, 6,340 orphan drug designations were granted, representing drug development for 1,079 rare diseases. Additionally, 882 of those designations resulted in at least one FDA approval for use in 392 rare diseases. While having an approved treatment option for 5% of rare disease communities is progress, we’ve seen time and again how partnering with patient communities increases efficiency. Let’s all do more of that!

Peter Benton Admin Peter Benton Worldwide Clinical Trials

I’ve worked in this industry approaching 25 years. When I first started, most clinical trials focused on treating disease symptoms so patients could feel better and live fuller lives. Today, though, we’re treating the underlying pathophysiology of diseases, and we’ve only just begun to do amazing science. I’m proud of the work our global teams are doing in Precision Medicine and Personalized Medicines, hopefully leading to a brighter future for rare disease patients everywhere.

Jill Kiernan Jill Kiernan Tatton Brown Rahman Syndrome (TBRS)

This year for Rare Disease Day the Tatton Brown Rahman Syndrome (TBRS) Community is celebrating our many accomplishments from 2023! We are building on that momentum in 2024 with additional research into TBRS biomarkers and continuing to enroll samples into our TBRS biobank. Read more and celebrate with us here:

A Year of Triumph: How the TBRS Community Transformed Support Into Action in 2023
Patrick O'Connor Patrick O’Connor Uplifting Athletes

Nick Allegretti won his 3rd Super Bowl ring this past weekend as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs! Nick is an advocate for the rare disease community through his work with Uplifting Athletes, where he is currently an active Board Member.

International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society

The International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society (IAES) is the only family/patient-centered organization for people with a diagnosis of Autoimmune Encephalitis. The services we provide are all-inclusive, from getting a diagnosis to recovery and the many challenges experienced on that journey. IAES provides science-based information backed by trusted medical experts in the field of autoimmune neurology and relies on the expertise of our Medical Advisory Board. We are an established non-profit organization with a history of supporting Autoimmune Encephalitis Warriors (patients, caregivers, and families) through their journey from diagnosis to recovery.

International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society

Aman Khera Admin Aman Khera Worldwide Clinical Trials

I am in an extended family caregiver circle for a child recently diagnosed with a rare disease. The journey has been humbling and heartbreaking, and my lens continues to change with the work that needs to be done in this space. It’s not just a day, week, or month to highlight; it’s all day, every day, a constant struggle for families and caregivers every hour, a deeply vulnerable space where they need to have Clinical Research as a care option, no matter where they are in the world.

I know I’m privileged to work in this industry to help make a difference, helping companies navigate the development pathways, communicating with regulatory agencies, working with my colleagues to help incorporate the patient voice, and ensuring the experiences that patients and caregivers have in a clinical trial have them front and center not just data points in studies.

My personal lens serves only to raise the game with what we need to do. I am here to help make treatments for rare diseases less rare. Patients can’t wait.

Richie Kahn Richie Kahn Canary Advisors

So excited that the countdown to Rare Disease Day has begun! I’m looking forward to attending Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. This important week connects patients, advocates, caregivers, and community members with members of Congress to enact much-needed change to inform policy that impacts patients and families living with a rare disease. Keep your eyes on this page during that week, as we’ll continue to post updates as they occur.

Dave Bowser Admin Dave Bowser Worldwide Clinical Trials

I’m amazed with the technologies used to treat patients living with a rare disease, including gene-based therapeutics. These drugs often target the underlying cause of the disease. One example of this is Casgevy, which was approved to treat patients with sickle cell disease in December 2023 and was recently approved for patients with beta-thalassemia in January 2024. I look forward to seeing more of these treatments throughout 2024.

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