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February 2010

Rare Disease Day 2010


28 February marks the third Rare Disease Day.

For this annual event hundreds of patient groups and their partners organise activities to raise awareness on rare diseases and the 30 million people affected by them in Europe.  

This year’s theme focuses on the importance of rare disease research. Research represents hope for the millions of rare disease patients without cure today. In the last decade, scientific and medical progress has opened up new opportunities in the field of rare disease research; rare diseases have in turn made major contributions to research and treatment discoveries for more frequent diseases.