About the centre

Research Centre on Rare and Genetic Diseases in Adults

While there are more than 7,000 rare diseases, a total of 2.5 million Canadians are affected, including more than 500,000 people in Quebec. To address the needs of these patients, the IRCM developed a Research Centre on Rare and Genetic Diseases in Adults. This IRCM’s centre is the only place in Canada where the focus is on the transition from pediatric to adult care. In addition, through the IRCM’s research units, we are able to carry out under one roof, biomedical research to better understand a variety of rare diseases, and consequently, to develop new treatments. This approach combining medical care and biomedical research in adults has positioned the IRCM as a leader in the field of rare diseases.

For the moment, the Genetic Dyslipidemias Clinic, the Primary Immunodeficiency Clinic and the Rare Kidney Diseases Clinic are in operation. Other specialized clinics to assess and to treat rare diseases will soon be opened.

A strategic planning

The Research Centre on Rare and Genetic Diseases in Adults is part of the Institute's 2016-2021 strategic planning, based on the institute’s areas of excellence.

2016-2021 Strategic planning