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New Institute Aims to Leave No Rare Disease Patient Behind

A newly launched non-profit institute is seeking to advance research, and the development of new therapies, for people with rare diseases — a patient community with some of the largest therapeutic needs, but one that is often left behind. Named the Institute for Life Changing Medicines, the project was…

New Aytu Advisory Board Working to Advance AR101 for vEDS

Aytu BioPharma has formed its new scientific advisory board, which will work toward advancing the global development of AR101 (enzastaurin), an antitumor agent with the potential to treat vascular Ehlers–Danlos syndrome (vEDS). There currently are no approved treatments for vEDS, characterized by thin, translucent skin that is easily bruised, and…

Group Focuses on Rare Disease Clinical Trial Participation

Participation in clinical trials exposes rare disease patients to financial, physical, and emotional pressures, according to the results of a patient focus group series. “Rare disease trial participants are running an endurance race they are highly motivated to complete, but these incremental burdens negatively impact their ability or willingness to…

Study: Classical EDS Diagnosis Requires Full Clinical, Genetic Exam

“A correct diagnosis of [classical Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or] cEDS is not always straightforward,” researchers in Belgium concluded in a new study, in which the scientists urged that anyone suspected of having this type of the rare connective tissue disorder undergo a complete clinical examination, followed by genetic testing. Such testing…

Register Now for Global Genes’ RARE Patient Advocacy Summit

Registration is now open for Global Genes‘ 2021 RARE Patient Advocacy Summit. This year’s hybrid event will be livestreamed from California Sept. 27-29, and some seats also are available for attending the event in person in San Diego. “Here you’ll have the opportunity to connect and engage with others…

Patient Draws on Her Own Experience to Help Others Through Podcast

Kerry Gabrielson, a 34-year-old with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), is devoting herself to raising awareness about hypermobile diseases and helping people with these disorders learn how to manage their symptoms through her podcast “Hypermobility Happy Hour.” In the 34 episodes aired to date, Gabrielson has interviewed experts on topics…

NORD Rare Disease Summit, Online Oct. 18-19, Open for Registration

Registration is now open for the 2021 Rare Diseases and Orphan Products Breakthrough Summit, which will be held virtually Oct. 18–19. The event, also known as the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) Summit, brings the rare disease community together to network and discuss developments in treatments and research…