Are you struggling to get a diagnosis or treatment for a rare and/or complex craniofacial anomaly or ENT disorder? Are you a healthcare professional looking for highly specialised advice?
The European Reference Network for rare and/or complex craniofacial anomalies and ENT disorders
The next call for new healthcare centres to join ERN CRANIO as full members is expected around April 2019. We will post more information on this call when it is made available by the European Commission. What we do currently know is that those centres applying for full membership must fulfil a set criteria and be endorsed by their national government. Between now and the next call for full members, member states can designate ‘affiliated partners’.
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"Solve-RD - solving the unsolved rare diseases" is a research project funded by the European Commission for five years (2018-2022). It echoes the ambitious goals set out by the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium (IRDiRC) to deliver diagnostic tests for most rare diseases by 2020. The current diagnostic and subsequent therapeutic management of rare diseases is still highly unsatisfactory for a large proportion of rare disease patients – the unsolved RD cases. For these unsolved rare diseases, we are unable to explain the etiology responsible for the disease phenotype, predict the individual disease risk and/or rate of disease progression, and/or quantitate the risk of relatives to develop the same disorder.
The project's ambitions are: 1. to solve large numbers of rare disease, for which a molecular cause is not known yet by sophisticated combined omics approaches, and 2. to improve diagnostics of rare disease patients through contribution to, participation in and implementation of a “genetic knowledge web” which is based on shared knowledge about genes, genomic variants and phenotypes.
Solve-RD fully integrates with the newly formed European Reference Networks (ERNs) for rare diseases which have begun to operate in 2017. Four ERNs (ERN-RND, -EURO-NMD, -ITHACA, and -GENTURIS) build the core of Solve-RD but we will reach out to patient cohorts across all 24 ERNs as well as the undiagnosed disease programmes from Spain and Italy in order to achieve our aims. To tackle diseases which are still unsolved we have formed a consortium that comprises