• By Susan Murphy

Science Saturday: Mayo joins network to advance care for people coping with mysterious illnesses

November 6, 2021
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Mayo Clinic has joined a new Rare Disease Centers of Excellence network, which consists of a select group of 31 medical centers across the U.S. This network, which is led by the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), seeks to:

  • Promote knowledge sharing between experts across the U.S.
  • Connect patients to appropriate specialists, regardless of disease or geography.
  • Improve the pace of progress in rare disease diagnosis, treatment and research.

The collaboration builds on Mayo Clinic's decades of work to provide diagnoses, treatment and care for patients with rare diseases. Mayo Clinic's team of clinicians and researchers used sophisticated genomic sequencing, and research, to investigate more than 700 undiagnosed rare disease cases in 2020. The team provided answers about the root genetic cause of disease to nearly 30% of patients.

Dusica Babovic-Vuksanovic, M.D., a clinical genomicist with Mayo Clinic's Department of Clinical Genomics, says diagnosing a rare disease is an important first step for a treatment or cure.

Read more on the Center for Individualized Medicine blog.

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