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Autoimmune rheumatic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and scleroderma are debilitating and occasionally life-threatening. An EU and industry-funded project aims to improve treatment by getting the right therapies to the right patients, fast.
Published: 12 October 2018
Management and treatment of neurological diseases is one of the biggest challenges facing medicine today. EU-funded researchers are developing computational tools to improve understanding of how such diseases progress as a means to help treat patients.
Published: 22 June 2018
For patients with rare genetic mutations of the debilitating disease cystic fibrosis, there are few options for effective treatment. EU-funded researchers are working to meet their needs, using new developments in personalised medicine to advance the testing of novel and promising drugs.
Published: 19 June 2018
Published: 12 June 2018
An EU-funded project has provided new hope for the 2 million people in Europe who suffer from rare kidney diseases thanks to groundbreaking research that has led to diagnostic tests and a new type of treatment.
Published: 22 January 2018
Most rare diseases are linked to specificities of the patients' genes - but what these are, exactly, remains to be determined for the vast majority of these illnesses. Tackling this challenge, an EU-funded platform is helping to generate answers from as few as two known cases by enabling scientists to pool and compare genomic and clinical data.
Published: 4 January 2018
EU-funded scientists have conducted groundbreaking research into brain cells that control memory formation and recollection, offering the promise of novel treatments for a potentially fatal disease that has a particularly devastating impact on the lives of children and young adults.
Published: 16 November 2017
An EU-funded project has trained a new generation of researchers in mitochondrial disease - a range of rare disorders emerging as a new field of medical interest. The research, which included the discovery of novel genes associated with the disease, is feeding into the search for better diagnosis and treatment for the disorder.
Published: 13 November 2017
An EU-funded project is conducting groundbreaking research into a rare form of leukaemia, proving the effectiveness in patients of non-chemotherapy-based treatments that target the genetic cause of the disease.
Published: 26 February 2016
Don't panic: severe soft tissue infections are extremely rare. But if you do develop one, you and your doctor need to act quickly. An EU-funded project is working on a powerful diagnostic tool that can help to spot these potentially fatal illnesses early. The team is also analysing patient records and samples from several countries to identify the best treatments.
Published: 23 February 2016