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Pathophysiology of the cartilage growth plate

Objective

The chondrodysplasias are an extremely diverse and complex group of rare genetic disorders, which affect the development of the skeleton. There are over 200 unique and well-characterised phenotypes, which range in severity from relatively mild to severe and lethal forms. They have an overall prevalence of at least 4 per 10,000 and this extrapolates to a minimum of 178,000 people in the 25 member states that suffer from chondrodysplasia.

Many of the individual skeletal dysplasia phenotypes have been grouped into 'bone dysplasia families' on the basis of similar clinical and radiographic features and it has been proposed that members of the same family will share a common disease pathophysiology. Therefore, as a group of heterogeneous diseases, the chondrodysplasias have a complex aetiology but are likely to share similar basic mechanisms of disease initiation, progression and end-stage pathology.

Call for proposal

FP6-2005-LIFESCIHEALTH-6
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THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
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UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
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Newcastle Upon Tyne

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MAX PLANCK GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V
Germany
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Hofgartenstrasse 8 80539 Muenchen Germany
Berlin

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MURDOCH CHILDRENS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Australia
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Royal Children's Hospital, Flemington Road
Parkville, Victoria

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UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
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Sint-pietersnieuwstraat 25
Gent

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CERTUS TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATES LIMITED
United Kingdom
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Reg. Offices: 9 Abbey Road
Exeter

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GENTERPRISE GESELLSCHAFT FUER GENANALYSE UND BIOTECHNOLOGIE M. B. H.
Germany
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Johann-joachim-becherweg 32
Mainz

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CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS
Spain
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Calle Serrano 117
Madrid

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INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTÉ ET DE LA RECHERCHE MÉDICALE
France
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101 Rue De Tolbiac
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UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI PAVIA
Italy
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Corso Strada Nuova, 65
Pavia

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UNIVERSITÄTSKLINIKUM FREIBURG
Germany
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Hugstetter Str. 55
Freiburg

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