About Li Weibo Institute for Rare Diseases Research

With 40 investigators committed to unlocking the causes and potential cures for rare diseases, the Li Weibo (李伟波) Institute for Rare Diseases Research at UMass Medical School demonstrates a rare commitment to rare diseases research. Leveraging existing faculty expertise, innovative research platforms and the collaborative culture that defines UMass Medical School, our goal is to accelerate the development of novel therapeutics for a host of rare diseases. The institute also serves as a formal structure to bring together the world-class, rare-disease focused research taking place across all academic departments at UMass Medical School.

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Rare Diseases & Conditions

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There are more than 7,000 diseases defined as “rare” by the National Institutes of Health, generally those that impact fewer than 200,000 people. Please select disease or condition from the list below for more information about the latest in research, clinical trials and therapy strategies. 

Technologies

Technologies

The Faculty of the Li Weibo Institute for Rare Diseases Research is dedicated to developing therapeutic approaches for rare inherited diseases for which there is no cure. Learn more about gene therapy, genome editing, and state-of-the-art facilities below:

Education and Research Opportunities

Li Weibo Institute for Rare Diseases Research is home to the world-class preeminent researchers, who are committed for years to uncovering new discoveries. Working closely together in this uniquely collaborative environment, they seek to identify and develop solutions to devastating ailments, from heart disease to ALS. Their efforts have the potential to unlock therapies or even cures for people with a variety of rare diseases.

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