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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


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


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 4 weeks ago by Jo McPherson

Designed to provide easily accessible and up to date information for anyone affected by genetic,...

 Patient Groups / 40 views

Posted 3 months ago by Daniel Lewi

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

 Patient Groups /  UK / 90 views

Posted 3 months ago by Tracy Lynch

This is a link to an article written for the Pediatric Research journal in USA...

 Journals and Articles /  UK / 114 views

Posted 5 months ago by Lucy McKay

Abstract:  The incidence of mental health disorders is significantly higher in individuals with a rare...

 Journals and Articles / 145 views

Max Appeal


Posted 4 months ago by Claire Hennessey

Max Appeal is the UK registered charity supporting families affected by 22q11 Syndromes. The Consensus...

 Patient Groups /  UK / 147 views

Posted 5 months ago by Lucy McKay

Abstract: Background Late and misdiagnoses of rare disease patients are common and often result in...

 Journals and Articles / 150 views

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