Intractable Rare Dis Res. 2012;1(1):10-12. (DOI: 10.5582/irdr.2012.v1.1.10)

Rare diseases research in China: Opportunities, challenges, and solutions.

Han JX, Cui YZ, Zhou XY


Rare diseases research in China can be traced back to the 1980s. Currently, control of rare diseases has become a national concern. This paper describes developments concerning rare diseases in China with regard to epidemiology, case registration, basic research, establishment of medical networks, and orphan drugs. A national program for rare disease research is being implemented in China to promote international cooperation in the future.

KEYWORDS: Rare disease, China, development, epidemiology

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