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For research, healthcare and those living with rare disease


Building a rare disease community in Cambridge

Our mission

The Cambridge Rare Disease Network is a newly established charity working to build a regional community of people in Cambridgeshire to address the unmet needs of rare disease patients, their families and the professionals who work with them.

We do this through community activities, awareness raising events and closer collaborations with scientists and researchers developing new treatments.

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Support our work

As a registered charity in the UK, we are grateful for the support we receive from our partners in industry and academia.

Help us develop a vibrant, informed and active regional rare disease patient community in Cambridge and share our expertise with the world.

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News from CRDN

With 1 in 17 Britons born with or developing a rare disease, and with medical advances offering exciting new treatments to extend the lives of rare disease patients, we need innovative new options in holistic, patient-centred healthcare – such as rare disease specialist nurses. Current care options for rare diseases put the burden on the patient to navigate multiple specialists, cover expensive travel and potentially spend long spells in hospital. This results in missed diagnoses, missed opportunities for treatment and leads to higher healthcare … read more

Cambridge Rare Disease Network is pleased to announce that they have received Big Lottery funding. We are delighted to receive the support of the Big Lottery as this will ensure we develop our Network professionally and enable our work to raise awareness of rare diseases to grow.

In the lead-up to Jeans for Genes Day, Cambridge’s best-known rare disease advocate Professor Stephen Hawking will address the inaugural Cambridge Rare Disease Summit, at the Cambridge Judge Business School on Monday 14 September.