Jointly sponsored by the National Institute of Health's (NIH's) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and Clinical Center, Rare Disease Day at NIH aimed to raise awareness about rare diseases, affected patients and their families, and NIH research collaborations to advance new treatments.

Event partners included the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Orphan Product Development and Center for Drug Evaluation and Research’s Rare Disease Program, the National Organization for Rare Disorders, Genetic Alliance, Global Genes, the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases, and Uplifting Athletes. In association with the Global Genes, we again encouraged attendees to wear their favorite pair of jeans.

The 2017 event took place February 27, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in the Clinical Center’s Masur Auditorium (Building 10) on NIH’s main campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Admission was complimentary and open to the public, including patients, patient advocates, health care providers, researchers, industry representatives, and government employees. The event featured presentations from NIH leaders and other government representatives, academic scientists, and patient advocates; posters and exhibits; a rare diseases art show; and tours of the Clinical Center.