On February 27, 2015, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) celebrated the eighth annual Rare Disease Day with a day-long celebration and recognition of the various rare diseases research activities supported by the NCATS' Office of Rare Diseases Research, the NIH Clinical Center, and other NIH Institutes and Centers; the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Orphan Product Development; other Federal Government agencies; the National Organization for Rare Disorders; the Genetic Alliance; Global Genes; and Uplifting Athletes. Rare Disease Day at NIH was held in the Masur Auditorium (Clinical Center, Building 10) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Attendance was free and open to the public.

Rare Disease Day at NIH is appropriate for patients and patient advocates, health care providers, researchers, industry representatives, and government employees. There were talks from academic and government scientists, industry representatives, and the lay community.

In addition to the various scheduled talks (see agenda), posters and exhibits from many groups relevant to the rare diseases research community were displayed. In association with Global Genes, we again encouraged all attendees to wear their favorite pair of jeans.

The Rare Disease Day 2015 event was also webcast and Clinical Center tours were available for in-person attendees.
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