RDCRN_NCATS_logo_transThe conduct of clinical research in rare diseases is essential.

Who Should Attend: new investigators, trainees, junior faculty, and others interested in rare disease research methodology.

Despite their rarity, many fundamental advances in medicine have come from the study of rare diseases and these have benefited common diseases. To assure the future of this research, the training of the next generation of investigators in this field is important.


Attendees will have the opportunity to:

Meet key leaders in rare diseases research.
Engage in formal and informal networking and idea generation with other trainees and investigators.
Discuss career development and strategic planning for academic success.
Explore research collaborations.

Background and Goals

There are more than 6,8001 diseases classified as “rare” (defined as having a prevalence in the United States of <200,000 persons). While individually these entities are uncommon, as a group they are an important cause of chronic illness, disability and premature death in both children and adults. They take a disproportionate share of our health care dollars because of their complexity and the expense of, in most cases, inadequate therapy.

Despite their rarity, many fundamental advances in medicine have come from the study of rare diseases and these have benefited common diseases. As an example, the study of the human genome began with identification of rare diseases (muscular dystrophy being the first) and epigenetics was first identified in rare disorders. Both because of currently inadequate therapy and the potential to assist common as well as rare disorders, the conduct of clinical research in rare diseases is essential.

In order to assure the future of this research, the training of the next generation of investigators in this field is important. The Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network (RDCRN, www.RareDiseasesNetwork.org) is the ideal group to sponsor a conference addressing rare disease research methodology that would supplement general training in clinical research and help attract trainees and junior faculty into this important field.

The upcoming Conference on Clinical Research in Rare Diseases will take place at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. A block of discounted rooms (at the prevailing government rate) have been secured for Wednesday, November 2, 2016.

You will be responsible for making your own hotel and travel arrangements for the meeting.To make a reservation, attendees can reserve a room online, or call the hotel at 202-328-2000 and reference the group code: CCRRD (Conference on Clinical Research for Rare Diseases).Discounted group rate booking deadline: October 5, 2016Hotel Address:
Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel 
2660 Woodley Road, NW
Washington, DC 20008Directions:
Please visit the Hotel website for directions to the hotel from area airports (DCA, IAD, BWI), public transportation, and parking information.

Travel Awards

All candidates must register before they can submit a travel award application.
Travel awards up to $750 are available on a competitive basis for trainees, fellows, and junior faculty.  All requests for travel awards are judged by a committee from the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network.

Instructions to apply for a travel award:

  1. Register for the Conference
  2. Submit abstract & NIH Biosketch

Deadline: October 3, 2016

For full program details, registration material, and travel award application please visit
www.rdcrn.org/conference