Research helps us better understand diseases and can lead to advances in diagnosis and treatment. This section provides resources to help you learn about medical research and ways to get involved.
Support and advocacy groups can help you connect with other patients and families, and they can provide valuable services. Many develop patient-centered information and are the driving force behind research for better treatments and possible cures. They can direct you to research, resources, and services. Many organizations also have experts who serve as medical advisors or provide lists of doctors/clinics. Visit the group’s website or contact them to learn about the services they offer. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement by GARD.
Living with a genetic or rare disease can impact the daily lives of patients and families. These resources can help families navigate various aspects of living with a rare disease.
These resources provide more information about this condition or associated symptoms. The in-depth resources contain medical and scientific language that may be hard to understand. You may want to review these resources with a medical professional.
New NCATS Rare Diseases Research Video
December 27, 2017
Rare Disease Day at NIH on March 1, 2018
December 19, 2017
2015 Collagen Gordon Research Conference and Gordon Research Seminar
Sunday, July 12, 2015 -
Friday, July 17, 2015
Location: New London, NH
Description: The 2015 Collagen GRC program will include invited and platform presentations as well as posters on (a) new data and concepts about the genetics, chemistry, biology and pathology of collagens; (b) advances in closely related areas of research, such as cell-matrix interactions, developmental biology and diseases of connective tissues, and bioengineering, that are relevant to the collagen field; (c) new and emerging technologies and approaches that may be applied to the collagen field.
Contact: Hung Tseng, Ph.D., (301) 496-0810, email@example.com
Co-funding Institute(s): National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, Office of Rare Diseases Research
The following diseases are related to Ehlers-Danlos syndromes. If you have a question about any of these diseases, you can contact GARD.
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I have kyphoscoliosis type and severe Asperger, severe anxiety disorder, and severe major depression. Can you provide information about Ehlers-Danlos syndrome being related to severe mental disorders? See answer
I have a friend who has TRAPS, as well as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Can TRAPS cause very low immunity throughout a person's life? Can Ehlers-Danlos syndrome be associated with immune system dysfunction? Can having both conditions cause low immunity? See answer
Are there different types of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome? See answer
Can you have children if you have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome? See answer
What causes Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and what are the symptoms? See answer