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Rare Diseases and Orphan Products Breakthrough Summit
October 15-16, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

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During the 2018 NORD Rare Summit, over 700 leaders from FDA, NIH, industry, patient groups, payers and research institutions will address the New Era of Patient-Focused Innovation. Together, NORD Rare Summit attendees will explore the new and innovative ways in which patients and caregivers are helping drive progress for the rare disease community.

Register today to join rare disease innovators and pioneers at the 2018 NORD Rare Summit to explore:

  • the new role of patients and caregivers in helping advance understanding of rare diseases with patient-reported data and real-world evidence
  • the hallmarks of patient-centric clinical trials for enhanced recruitment and retention
  • the unique partnership between rare disease patients/caregivers and researchers
  • what scientific and financial barriers need to be overcome for earlier diagnosis

Why You Should Attend

  • Networking With Today’s Rare Disease Innovators
  • Cutting-Edge Keynote Speakers
  • 6 Breakout Sessions
  • Expansive poster session

Call for Posters

Academics, researchers, industry, government agencies, healthcare professionals, patient organizations and any other interested parties that have conducted rare disease or orphan product research studies or public health projects are invited to submit a poster abstract to the NORD Rare Summit. The overall theme of the poster sessions is “Life-Transforming Treatments.” The four (4) themes listed below are the suggested specific topic areas within that over-arching theme that the planning committee would like addressed. Please use these as a guide as you develop your poster abstract.
Poster Abstract Submissions Due: Friday, August 17, 2018
Submission Guidelines

"Inspiring and Informative. Brought to the realization that though I may feel my ‘disease’ is the only one – there are many who have their own struggles."

-Research Nurse III, Cincinatti Children’s Hospital Medical Center

"Great event! Thank you!"

-ECD Global Alliance

"The NORD Summit was the singular opportunity that I have had to interact and network with others from patient orgs dealing with rare diseases. I learned as much in the networking breaks as I learned in the session. I leave with new knowledge I don’t think I could have gained anywhere else."

-Director of Research, Hemophilia Federation of America

"Legislative panel was great!"

"Physician panel were all well educated and engaged – did a great job of answering questions. Moderator was excellent."

"This has been a successful meeting between my spiritual and emotional dedication to fellow RD patients and the scientific & regulatory experts with their valuable lot of tools to help us navigate the confusing aspects of being a good advocate."

-Director of Support Groups, CSRF

"Fantastic meeting of all the relevant stakeholders to bringing treatments to patients."

-Senior Director , Medical Affairs, Cytokinetics, Inc.

"Incredibly valuable meeting to connect stakeholders, share information and provide inspiration and motivation."


"Great conference! I am excited to get back to my organization and work on some projects that are inspired by the information shared."

-President & CEO, EDSers United

"For both ATOF and myself, attendance to last year's summit changed our nonprofit and put us years ahead in research and collaborations with our medical partners. It is imperative that we are able to participate again this year. We are saving lives because of you!"

-A Twist of Fate

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Derek Gavin