Rare diseases in the Finnish landscape

Health Europa introduces the New Modalities Ecosystem, which will exploit Finnish expertise to deliver new treatments and technologies for rare diseases.

The New Modalities Ecosystem – launched by Orion and supported by Business Finland – brings academia together with industry to hep improve understanding of disease pathology and contribute to the development of better treatments, beginning with rare diseases that are part of the Finnish disease heritage, i.e. genetic diseases that are significantly more common in Finland than they are in any other population.

One such disease is mitochondrial recessive ataxia syndrome (MIRAS), which is defined by Orphanet as a ‘rare mitochondrial DNA maintenance syndrome characterised by early-onset cerebellar ataxia, and variable combination of epilepsy, headache, dysarthria, ophthalmoplegia, peripheral neuropathy, intellectual disability, psychiatric symptoms and movement disorders’.

To read more about this on the Health Europa website, go to: https://www.healtheuropa.eu/rare-diseases-finnish-landscape/89934/