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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

Would you like to donate to Medics 4 Rare Diseases?

Our work is for the benefit of everyone with rare diseases and their communities. By preparing doctors to diagnose and manage rare conditions, M4RD is improving the patient experience. Help us grow so we can achieve our ultimate goal – mandatory medical education in rare disease at an undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The Student Voice Prize 2020

This international essay competition is now open for submissions by medical students, undergraduate and masters students and nursing students. The winner is published in the Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases

Quick! Enter before 16th NOVEMBER!


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

Posted 12 months ago by Tony Thornburn

Herewith the link to Behçet’s syndrome/disease Medical Factsheets, prepared by our leading clinicians: https://behcets.org.uk/information-for-patients/behcets-medical-factsheets/ The...

 Factsheets /  UK / 476 views

Posted 1 year ago by Lucy McKay

Abstract: This article presents an approach to "thinking genetically" in primary care. Busy practitioners often...

 Journals and Articles / 509 views

Posted 1 year ago by Allison Watson

Ring20 Research and Support UK CIO support and connect families, individuals and professionals around the...

 Patient Groups /  East of England / 689 views

Meet the Team

We’re a group of passionate people helping medics to dare to think rare.

Lucy McKay

Lucy McKay

Debra Fine

Debra Fine

Tanya Collin-Histed

Tanya Collin-Histed

Hannah Grant

Hannah Grant

Chris France

Chris France

Chair of Trustees
Dan Jeffries

Dan Jeffries