Rare diseases can be very complex to treat due to lack of understanding, little to no options for treatment and limited funding. But it is for these reasons that raising awareness and supporting research and funding for rare diseases is so important. In honor of Rare Disease Day this year, we are highlighting a rare disease called neuromyelitis optica (NMO).
Massachusetts General Hospital’s talented and dedicated researchers are working to push the boundaries of science and medicine every day. In this series we highlight a few individuals who have recently received awards or honors for their achievements: M. Amin Arnaout, MD, chief emeritus of the Division of Nephrology and director of the Leukocyte Biology and […]
Earlier this week, the Mass General Neurological Clinical Research Center (NCRI)’s NeuroBANK™ won Bio-IT World‘s Best Practice award in the Personalized & Translational Medicine category. What is the NeuroBANK, and how is it helping to accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of future treatments for rare diseases including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)? Filling a Need […]
While it may not have been called rare disease research by name, Massachusetts General Hospital has been identifying and tracking rare diseases for more than a century, says Florian Eichler, MD, Director of the Center for Rare Neurological Diseases in the Department of Neurology. In recent years, advances made by the Human Genome Project and […]
Researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology recently came out with a study published in New England Journal of Medicine. Here are five things to know: Hereditary angioedema (HAE) is a rare but serious condition passed down through families. HAE affects the blood vessels and is caused by a low level or improper function of […]
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 […]