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RareConnect.org, maintained by Care4Rare Canada in partnership with EURORDIS, is the growing online network of rare disease communities that brings together thousands of patients, families and groups who might otherwise be isolated. Through RareConnect, patients and those who care for them can communicate, sharing experiences and information in a safe, moderated online forum. With translation available at no cost to participants, RareConnect allows patients from different countries to interact in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Czech, Ukranian and Japanese.

Each of the rare disease-specific communities is supported by the full-time community managers who animate and promote the communities and support volunteer moderators from the member group. It is an invaluable tool for sharing experiences and solutions to common problems based on the experiences of the wider rare disease community.

RareConnect plans to expand the social platform and integrate a research component for the benefit of researchers and RareConnect users. RareConnect will allow users to anonymously connect to a secure research portal, enabling enrolment to research ethics board approved studies. For clinicians and researchers this is a new tool to maximize surveys and data collection

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Page created: 23/07/2013
Page last updated: 08/08/2018
The voice of rare disease patients in EuropeEURORDIS The international voice of people living with rare diseases, Rare Diseases International is a EURORDIS initiativeRare Disease International Bringing together patients, families and experts to share experiences in a moderated multilanguage forum, RareConnect is a EURORDIS initiative RareConnect The Rare Barometer Programme is a EURORDIS initiative that carries out surveys to transform rare disease patients' experiences into figures and facts that can be shared with decision-makers.Rare Barometer An international awareness raising campaign taking place on the last day of February each year, Rare Disease Day is a EURORDIS initiativeRare Disease Day Join the largest gathering of rare disease stakeholders across Europe, at the biennial European Conference on Rare Diseases and Orphan Products. ECRD is a EURORDIS initiativeEuropean Conference on Rare Diseases