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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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Looking for a Rare Disease Resource? Browse, search and contribute to our growing database. Visit the Resources menu above.

Ataxia UK


Posted 7 months ago by Emily Cutting

Ataxia is an umbrella term for a group of neurological disorders that affect balance, coordination...

 Patient Groups /  London / 195 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 2 months ago by Claire Hennessey

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

 Patient Groups /  UK / 85 views

1 Wimpole Street


Posted 9 months ago by Lucy McKay

A great venue in central London to deliver an event, conference or meeting. Also the...

 Venues /  London / 236 views

Posted 9 months ago by Lucy McKay

Sarah Lippett is an author and artist who uses her illustrations to tell the story...

 Speakers /  London / 223 views

DDX3X Support UK


Posted 8 months ago by Maria Poole

DDX3X Support UK is a UK based information and support group for patients and families...

 Patient Groups /  UK / 296 views