NCATS collaborates with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) to support GARD, an information center designed to provide comprehensive information about rare and genetic diseases to patients, their families, health care providers, researchers and the public.
The online GARD database, in English and Spanish, provides accurate, up-to-date information about ongoing research, symptoms, treatment options and other details. In addition, GARD information specialists are available to discuss questions by phone in English and in Spanish. Sources for GARD and other hard-to-find information include the National Library of Medicine, scientific conferences, support groups, and clinical trials and research.
GARD was created in 2002 by the NIH Office of Rare Diseases Research, now part of NCATS, in partnership with NHGRI.