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Local rare disease research news

We hope you enjoy reading about some of the latest findings from local rare disease research. We have an active, dynamic research group and look forward to helping make things better for individuals living and working with rare diseases...and we enjoy helping to solve puzzles.

New RARDTAC meetings - come join us

Save the Date for rare disease events | 9 December, 2019

Thanks to generous support from Ards and North Down Council, we are hosting two events with NIRDP: (1) 9th December 2019 in Newtownards - Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex & (2) 16th January 2020 in Bangor Carnegie Library.

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New review highlights cutting edge analysis with important implications for rare eye diseases

Understanding epigenomics and eyes | 13 November, 2019

Epigenomics provides a biological link between our inherited DNA sequence and our environment. An example of this is the phenomenon of 'DNA methylation', which could help us diagnose and treat rare eye diseases to minimise visual degeneration.

Carers - Have Your Say

Please help us gather evidence... | 7 November, 2019

Our latest project is now up and running seeking input to gain wide-ranging views that provide an insight into the life of a carer for an individual(s) with a rare disease(s). Please do work with us to gather evidence to support local carers.

RARDTAC: Raising Awareness of Rare Diseases Throughout All Communities

8 May, 2019

We are delighted to share the news that we have received local council funding (THANK YOU community development funding team, Ards and North Down Borough Council) for a series of events under our RARDTAC banner.

New research confirms major gaps for rare disease multi-omics research

5 May, 2019

'Multi-omics' is a relatively new approach being used to help diagnose and understand rare diseases. Our PhD student, Katie Kerr, has a new protocol published describing a comprehensive review of multi-omics literature for rare diseases.

Making life better: improving health and care for individuals with rare diseases

10 June, 2015

It was a pleasure to present some of our collaborative research at the Northern Ireland Public Health Conference 2015