Thank you for visiting the new Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center Website

GARD is a public health program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) that provides health information about rare diseases for the public. We recently launched this updated version of the GARD website, and some of the pages and features are still in development. We will continue to add and improve content over time. You can help us make the website better by providing feedback using the feedback form. 
 

Trusted Source for Evidence-Informed Information

The GARD website gathers information about rare and genetic diseases from reliable research databases to make it easier for patients, families, and caregivers to find the information they seek. Each disease page also lists resources and organizations that help support the needs of children and adults living with a rare disease. 
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About the Disease
Learn about symptoms, causes, and other disease specific information.
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Living with the Disease
Find information, organizations, and resources that support the needs of patients, families, and caregivers.
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Diagnosis & Treatment
Understand the process of getting a diagnosis, disease management, and types of specialists that may be involved.
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Research
Discover the importance of research and how to find clinical trials and other research opportunities.

Trusted Source for Evidence-Informed Information

The GARD website gathers information about rare and genetic diseases from reliable research databases to make it easier for patients, families, and caregivers to find the information they seek. Each disease page also lists resources and organizations that help support the needs of children and adults living with a rare disease. 
h3-understand-icon-1
About the Disease
Learn about symptoms, causes, and other disease specific information.
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Diagnosis & Treatment
Understand the process of getting a diagnosis, disease management, and types of specialists that may be involved.
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Living with the Disease
Find information, organizations, and resources that support the needs of patients, families, and caregivers.
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Research
Discover the importance of research and how to find clinical trials and other research opportunities.

You Are Not Alone

Although rare diseases are rare individually, there are many different rare diseases. This means that about 1 in every 10 people have a rare disease. GARD Contact Center has been helping rare disease patients, their families, and caregivers find resources and information since 2002.

Diseases

How many rare diseases are there?

More than 7,000

People

How many people are living with a rare disease in the U.S.?

25 to 30 million

Contacts

How many calls and emails has GARD answered?

More than 110,000 to date

You Are Not Alone

Although rare diseases are rare individually, there are many different rare diseases. This means that about 1 in every 10 people have a rare disease. GARD Contact Center has been helping rare disease patients, their families, and caregivers find resources and information since 2002.

Diseases

How many rare diseases are there?

More than 7,000

People

How many people are living with a rare disease in the U.S.?

25 to 30 million

Contacts

How many calls and emails has GARD answered?

More than 110,000 to date

Contact Us

You can contact GARD by phone or our contact form. You may wish to call if:
 

  • You are having a hard time finding a genetic or rare disease on our website
  • You need help finding more information, resources, specialists, or clinical studies
  • You or someone you are caring for is undiagnosed
Important: GARD provides information about genetic and rare diseases for your general knowledge and is not a substitute for a doctor's advice.

Phone

Available Monday through Friday
12 pm to 6 pm Eastern Time
(Except: Federal Holidays)

Toll Free:

1-888-205-2311

Contact Form

Use the contact form to send your question to a GARD Information Specialist.

Please allow 2 to 10 business days for us to respond. 

Contact Form

Contact Us

You can contact GARD by phone or our contact form. You may wish to call if:
 

  • You are having a hard time finding a genetic or rare disease on our website
  • You need help finding more information, resources, specialists, or clinical studies
  • You or someone you are caring for is undiagnosed
Important: GARD provides information about genetic and rare diseases for your general knowledge and is not a substitute for a doctor's advice.

Phone

Available Monday through Friday
12 pm to 6 pm Eastern Time
(Except: Federal Holidays)

Toll Free:

1-888-205-2311

Contact Form

Use the contact form to send your question to a GARD Information Specialist.

Please allow 2 to 10 business days for us to respond. 

Contact Form