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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 Medical Care

We are back at The Royal Society of Medicine in London for our annual symposium

19th February 2020

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

Posted 4 months ago by Helen Bedford-Gay

For a leaflet explaining the basic facts of FOP for patients and their family and...

 Factsheets / 93 views

Posted 4 months ago by Tracy Lynch

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

 Patient Groups /  UK / 112 views

Posted 2 months ago by Lucy McKay

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

 Journals and Articles / 51 views

NAIT Babies


Posted 5 months ago by danjeffries

Naitbabies are a UK registered patient organisation run by families with Fetal and neonatal alloimmune...

 Patient Groups /  UK / 189 views

Posted 3 weeks ago by Toby Borger

An online resource for all healthcare professionals who diagnose and/or treat ADA-SCID patients  http://www.ada-scid.online/?utm_source=ADA-SCIDSocietybanner&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=Live&utm_content=

 Learning Resources /  UK / 31 views

Posted 2 months ago by Lucy McKay

Abstract: Medical students automatically couple rare illnesses with biomedical minutiae. Upon meeting CS (pseudonym), a...

 Journals and Articles / 55 views