Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD)

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.

This video for researchers provides more information about GARD and its resources.

GARD Materials

Download the GARD brochure:

English (PDF - 877KB) • español (PDF - 1534 KB)

Download the GARD flyer:

English (PDF - 320KB) • español (PDF - 360KB)

NCATS Rare Diseases Research Video

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NCATS’ latest video features an overview of the Center’s robust rare diseases research programs, initiatives and resources. Narrated by Petra Kaufmann, M.D., M.Sc., former director of the NCATS Office of Rare Diseases Research, the goal is to increase awareness about NCATS’ work to address the unique struggles rare disease patients and their caregivers face.