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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.
10 November, 2020
Improvements needed to support people living and working with a rare disease in Northern Ireland: current rare disease support perceived as inadequate
PLEASE have your experiences counted! | 10 July, 2020
We are evaluating the impact of COVID-19 on groups who are supporting people with rare diseases during the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be a £50 Amazon voucher provided to a single entry drawn at random from eligible participants.
A Mitochondrial toolbox! | 7 May, 2020
This review provides a summary evaluation of online resources to explore mitochondrial genomics.
A quick reference guide for rare disease | 1 May, 2020
A rare disease often has complicated, severe medical needs. GPs have considerable expertise managing long-term complex diseases, but few have resources to research the > 8,000 rare diseases that are recorded.
A new approach for multiomics | 30 April, 2020
'Multi-omics' is a relatively new approach being used to help diagnose and understand rare diseases. We're delighted our PhD student, Katie Kerr, has a scoping review and proposed workflow for effective multi-omic rare disease research published
QUB's ESRC Impact Acceleration Account | 28 April, 2020
Rare diseases affect approximately 6% of our population and represent a significant public health concern. We are delighted to be awarded funding under this scheme to help develop our rare disease research
Read about IMPaCCT | 24 April, 2020
Caregivers and patients are describing a major impact of COVID-19 on their lives. Help us to identify the impact that this pandemic has had and continues to have on patients and their carers, with a focus on cancer and rare diseases.
31 January, 2020
Our 2020 communication and information report highlights ten priority recommendations for rare diseases across Northern Ireland.
31 January, 2020
Rare disease research consistently highlights a need for a local rare disease registry. Our 2020 report, 'Perspectives on a NI Rare Disease Registry' provides an update on the background, evidence, and potential for a local registry.
31 January, 2020
Our research demonstrates carers often feel isolated and struggle to manage 'on their own'. This leaflet summarises relevant contact details where carers can gain local support.
Rare Disease Westminster conference | 9 January, 2020
Workshop informing a policy briefing document for rare diseases and specialised commissioning with a focus on genomics, research and access to medicine
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 June, 2015
It was a pleasure to present some of our collaborative research at the Northern Ireland Public Health Conference 2015