Towards an improved understanding of processes behind genetic-driven Rare Diseases
Each Rare Disease (RD) affects only a small percentage of the population; however, the 6 000 different RDs together cause a major burden, particularly as 90 % of them currently do not have an approved treatment. Approximately 80 % of RDs have a genetic origin and their frequency increases in populations with a high frequency of marriages between genetically related individuals. Turkey has a high rate of such marriages and RDs - twice that of other European Research Area countries. The aim of the EU-funded RareBoost project is to recruit an internationally recognised expert as a leader for the new Unit for Rare Diseases at the Izmir Biomedicine and Genome Center (IBG), to direct its development into a leading basic and translational research centre for RDs. Our improved understanding of the underlying mechanisms and processes that cause genetic-driven RDs will be used to devise new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, to reduce patient suffering.
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