2nd IRDiRC conference

The second conference organized by the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium (IRDiRC) in collaboration with the BGI is gathering stakeholders active in the field of rare disease from across the globe. It will be held on 7-9 November 2014, with two days of conference – where four exciting parallel tracks will take place in the topics of Diagnostics, Interdisciplinary-Technologies, Therapies, and Educational – and one day of valuable training course


This conference aims to raise awareness of the topic of rare diseases around the world and to foster international collaborations involving Chinese researchers and clinicians. It will provide unmissable opportunity to network with different rare disease communities from Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Asia-Pacific. We hope this will encourage and motivate investment of research and social resources in the field of rare diseases, to ultimately improve the diagnosis, treatment, and care of patients and their families.


Highlights of the Conference


The educational track on 7-8 November

A training course on genetics on 9 November

A matchmaking workshop to facilitate collaboration between clinicians and scientists

Key Features of the Conference


Access to big data and samples platforms, current discoveries, and advanced technologies

Face-to-face meeting: bridging communication and collaboration with the international community

Ideas, knowledge, competences, and propositions sharing for new inspirations and investments

Training, learning, and networking as fundamental sources for new therapies

Unique activities including NGO forum, commemorative tree planting, photos exhibition, choral performance by patients

Benefits of the Conference

For international researchers: access to find additional sample and data resources, including Chinese sample alliance, network of hospitals and clinics, local partners of genomic sequencing services and bioinformatics analyses

For Chinese sample alliance and hospitals: opportunities to foster relationships and collaborations with international key players and research experts in the field of rare diseases

For pharmaceutical companies: opportunities to learn more about cutting-edge researches and studies on rare diseases, leading to new ideas for pharmaceutical R&D, networking with medical doctors and clinicians

For medical doctors and clinicians: training from top international and Chinese experts about genetics and rare diseases (8 credits offered by Chinese Healthcare Organization), networking with international and Chinese key players and experts, expansion of career path

For non-governmental organizations: sharing and acquisition of international knowledge about rare diseases, including new pharmaceuticals, therapy, and prevention

Working Languages 

The main working language of the conference is English. However, to facilitate understanding, Chinese-English simultaneous translation will be available during the conference plenary and parallel sessions.


For more information, please email [email protected] either in English or in Chinese.