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Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

GARD offers free access to reliable information for individuals and families affected by rare diseases.

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center


GARD Specialists   

GARD Website

The Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center information specialists are available to answer questions and provide support through phone and email. GARD uses information from reputable sources, such as the National Library of Medicine, Orphanet, Human Phenotype Ontology, patient support groups, and other NIH institutes and centers to compile comprehensive and understandable information.



GARD Resource

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center

View or download the GARD handout. 


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View tools that can help patient groups advance medical research and patient-focused therapy development.

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Diagnostic Odyssey

This grant program funds the development of innovative approaches for reducing the time it takes to accurately diagnose rare diseases.

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Rare Diseases Registry Program

This resource provides best practices for setting up and maintaining patient registries for research purposes. 

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Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network

We oversee this NIH-wide grant program that supports medical research on over 200 rare diseases through clinical studies, including collaborations, study enrollment and data sharing.