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Our Mission

We are driving an attitude change towards rare diseases amongst medical students and doctors in training.

With over 7000 rare diseases, it’s impossible to know about all of them. However it is possible for doctors to:
  • Appreciate that rare diseases are collectively common
  • Recognise the exceptional challenges faced by patients with rare diseases
M4RD provides education in the Rare Disease field for medical students and doctors in training. Our ultimate aim is to improve the patient-doctor relationship and speed up the journey to diagnosis.

Medical Schools

We help medical students create their own rare disease societies and events

Competitions

Keep up to date with the latest competitions and opportunities for doctors and medical students

Events

M4RD can help find speakers for and promote an event at your medical school or hospital

Learning Resources

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1 in 17 people will be affected by a rare disease at some point in their lives Source: Rare Disease UK

The Unusual Suspects: Rare Diseases in Everyday Medicine

Videos from this year’s symposium at The Royal Society of Medicine will be released weekly. Starting with Dr Richard Scott, Clinical Lead for Rare Disease at Genomics England and a Consultant in Clinical Genetics at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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Posted 5 months ago by Tracy Lynch

We are the only charity and support group in the UK for individuals and families...

 Patient Groups /  UK / 162 views

Posted 4 months ago by Jo McPherson

Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a neurogenetic condition that approximately 1 in every 2,700 people...

 Learning Resources / 129 views

Posted 3 months ago by Lucy McKay

Abstract: Medical student training is largely focused on acquiring knowledge of diseases and their management,...

 Journals and Articles / 88 views

Posted 5 months ago by Sarah Allard

The Gauchers Association provides support and advice to patients and their families, supports research, and...

 Patient Groups /  UK / 141 views

Posted 4 months ago by Jo McPherson

This toolkit sets out the latest thinking in EDS, including the new approaches to diagnosis...

 Rare Disease Guidelines / 128 views

Posted 4 weeks ago by Daniel Lewi

The CATS Foundation was established in June 2011 by Daniel and Patricia Lewi after their...

 Patient Groups /  UK / 30 views