Rare Diseases are diseases that affect less than 200,000 people in the United States. While the occurrence of any individual rare disease can be low, the needs and experiences of the people affected by rare diseases are significant and important. We seek to recognize and advance our understanding of the rare diseases that impact people in the Michigan community as well as support the individuals affected by those rare diseases.
At Calvin University, our goal is to advance research in the area of mitochondrial rare diseases, in particular exploring the ways that collaborative research can increase advances in and dissemination of rare disease research. We also aim to directly serve the needs of the Michigan rare disease community and equip students to engage in rare disease research and community support efforts.