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Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center

GARD specialists provide information about rare and genetic diseases to patients, their families, health care providers, researchers and the public.


Have a rare disease?

The Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD) offers credible, up-to-date health information for many rare diseases.

Patient/Community Engagement & Health Information

To ensure patient involvement and community engagement throughout the research process, institutions must collaborate with community organizations and patient groups to identify and understand public health needs.

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Genetic & Rare Diseases

The Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center provides up-to-date health information about numerous rare and genetic diseases.

    Undiagnosed Diseases

    The goals of the Undiagnosed Diseases Program, led by the NIH Common Fund, are to provide answers and advance medical knowledge about rare and common diseases.

    Clinical Trials at NIH

    Patient involvement in clinical research helps investigators uncover better ways to treat, prevent, diagnose and understand human diseases.

      MedlinePlus Health Information

      MedlinePlus, produced by the National Library of Medicine, offers easy-to-understand, reliable information about diseases and wellness issues.

        Principles of Community Engagement

        This comprehensive guide, available in English and Spanish, outlines core principles for engaging diverse communities in clinical research activities.