Teaming Up to Find Treatments for Rare Diseases

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What is the fastest way to develop new treatments for patients with rare diseases? In a word, teamwork.

That was the consensus that emerged from an hour-long panel discussion on rare disease research hosted by the Division of Clinical Research at Massachusetts General Hospital last month.

“By their very definition, rare diseases have limited resources and we all have to partner together to move them forward,” said Florian Eichler, MD, director of the Mass General Center for Rare Neurological Diseases.

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