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Assessment of E-Rare-1 funding achievements

Assessment of E-Rare-1 funding achievements

Rare diseases represent an important public-health issue, affecting 26-30 million persons across Europe, and a major challenge for research. The fragmentation of resources and knowledge for the 6000-8000 rare diseases and the lack of treatment for the majority of them necessitate a coordinated European approach to unravel the underlying molecular defects and pathophysiological mechanisms. The low number of affected patients requires transnational collaboration with multidisciplinary approaches to map prevalences, build patient registries, identify biomarkers, develop new diagnostics and finally perform clinical studies for the development of treatments. The successful linking of research funding organisations in the ERA-Net programme for rare disease research E-Rare-1 has resulted, amongst other activities, in two joint funding calls, i.e. Joint Transnational Calls JTC 2007 and JTC 2009. One of the aims of the E-Rare-2 project (Workpackage 5, task 5.2) was to thoroughly assess the results after the 3-year funding period for each of the two joint transnational calls JTC 2007 and JTC 2009. The details of this assessment are presented in the following report.

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