October 13, 2021

Douglas Marchuk, PhD, is the director of the Division of Human Genetics at Duke University and member of the Brain Vascular Malformation Consortium (BVMC). His laboratory studies the genetics of cardiovascular disease using both the human and the mouse as a model system, primarily focusing on inherited diseases of vascular dysplasia. Here, he shares his start in rare disease research, exciting discoveries, and future goals.

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October 07, 2021

Since its initial funding in 2009, the Brain Vascular Malformation Consortium (BVMC) has conducted clinical research and improved the care of patients with brain vascular malformations, conditions in which blood vessels of the brain are affected. Here, Helen Kim, PhD, principal investigator of the BVMC, shares the history of the consortium, current research, and future plans.

Research Roundup. #RareDiseasesSpotlight. Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network
October 05, 2021

Each month, we share summaries of recent Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network (RDCRN) grant-funded publications. Catch up on the latest RDCRN research here.

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August 12, 2021

Children with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) may experience growth plate dysfunction, according to a recent study in the journal Bone. Researchers from the Brittle Bone Disorders Consortium (BBDC) found a higher ratio of collagen X (CXM) levels for growth velocity in children with OI, revealing new clues about how this disease may affect the growth plate.

Kristen Wheeden and her son, Brady
August 02, 2021

Kristen Wheeden is executive director of the American Porphyria Foundation. In this interview, she describes how her son’s diagnosis drew her to patient advocacy. Wheeden is also the incoming chair of the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network (RDCRN)’s Coalition of Patient Advocacy Groups (CPAG), after serving last year as co-chair.

A Rare Disease Day Update: RDCRN Survey on Impacts of COVID-19
July 23, 2021

Researchers from the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network deliver an update on the survey of the impacts of COVID-19 of people living with rare diseases during Rare Disease Day at NIH, March 2021. Video features Marc E. Rothenberg, MD, PhD, Principal Investigator of the Consortium of Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disease Researchers (CEGIR) and Thomas W. Ferkol, MD, Co-Principal Investigator of the Genetic Disorders of Mucociliary Clearance Consortium (GDMCC).

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July 08, 2021

A new genetic cause of Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation (CDG) has been identified, according to a recent study in The American Journal of Human Genetics. This means a blood sample can now confirm diagnosis of this form of CDG, notes Andrew C. Edmondson, MD, PhD, an attending physician in Human Genetics and Metabolism at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and co-author on the study. Edmondson is one of the founding members of Frontiers in Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation (FCDGC).