Rare Disorders Research Consortium

Keynote Speaker: William Gahl, MD, PhD Clinical Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute and The NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program

William Gahl, MD, PhD was our keynote speaker at the RDRC Conference on 02.29.2012 (Rare Disease Day). Click here to view his seminar Innovation and Opportunities in Rare Disease Research.

The OHSU Rare Disorders Research Consortium (RDRC), supported by the OHSU Human Genetics Initiative and the Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute, creates a local hub for rare disorders research by promoting interaction and sharing of expertise among the diverse investigators on campus.  Although most genetic disorders are individually rare, their cumulative impact is significant and the technologies and skill sets required for their study are unique.  

The RDRC provides clinical investigators, basic scientists, and families with information about rare disorders studied on campus and the specific expertise of our investigator community, including gene hunting, psychosocial research, epidemiology, stem cell therapy, and more. We hope our website will serve as a resource to professionals and laypersons by providing information about consortium members, rare disorders studied at OHSU, local and national funding opportunities, and linking families with appropriate researchers and rare disorder clinical studies. OHSU has a strong foundation of rare disorders research; we hope to enhance this through facilitating new collaborations and pooling knowledge and resources.