Al­liance to study rare dis­eases

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

A Chi­nese med­i­cal re­search al­liance has been set up to ac­cel­er­ate the study of rare dis­eases. The Al­liance for Rare Dis­eases com­prises more than 50 en­ti­ties in­clud­ing med­i­cal in­sti­tutes, uni­ver­si­ties, aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions and com­pa­nies. The al­liance will be in­stru­men­tal in con­cen­trat­ing re­sources and will im­prove the treat­ment of rare dis­eases in China, said Ma Xiaowei, head of the Na­tional Health Com­mis­sion. At its launch on Oct 24, the al­liance re­leased its first ex­plana­tory cat­a­log of China’s rare dis­eases.

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