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The Year of the Zebra initiative was launched to spotlight rare diseases and help educate current and future healthcare professionals, caregivers, researchers, patients, family members, and the general public. Explore videos, patient stories, and clinical resources about each disorder.

About Year of the Zebra

2023 is the 40th anniversary of the Orphan Drug Act which gave hope to the hundreds of millions of people around the world who are directly affected by rare disorders (also known as "zebras," because they are less common than horses). Elsevier Health launched an ambitious initiative called The Year of the Zebra to educate millions of current and future healthcare professionals, caregivers, researchers, patients, family members, and the general public about these zebras. We are inviting an exclusive group of organizations and individuals to adopt one or more zebras by contributing to the development and distribution of highly engaging and impactful educational content about those rare disorders that will collectively reach millions of people around the world. 

Rare Diseases

Diseases A-C

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Achalasia

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Adrenal insufficiency (Addison disease)

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Alkaptonuria

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Anemia of Chronic Disease

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Ankylosing Spondylitis

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Antithrombin III Deficiency

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Arteriovenous Malformation

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Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

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Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD)

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Buerger Disease

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Canavan Disease

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Castleman's Syndrome

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Chronic Granulomatous Disease

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Diseases E-K

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Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

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Epidermolysis bullosa

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Esophageal atresia & tracheoesophageal fistula

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Esophageal Cancer

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Fibromuscular Dysplasia

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Hemochromatosis

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Hemophilia

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Hirschsprung Disease

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Huntington Disease

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Hyper Igm Syndrome

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Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

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Ichthyosis

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Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (INAD)

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KIF1A Associated Neurological Disorder

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Diseases L-P

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Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis

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Leprosy

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Meniere Disease

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Muscular Dystrophy

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Myocarditis

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Nail Patella Syndrome

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Ovarian Cyst/Ovarian Cancer

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Pernicious Anemia

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Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome

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Phace Syndrome

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Pierre-Robin Sequence

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Precocious Puberty

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Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia

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Primary Hyperoxaluria (German Hyperoxaluria Center)

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Pseudotumor Cerebri (Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension)

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Diseases R-W

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Reactive Arthritis

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Retroperitoneal Fibrosis

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Skin Cancer - Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, & Melanoma

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Tetralogy Of Fallot

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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)

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Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)

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Trigeminal Neuralgia

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Turner Syndrome

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Von Hippel-Lindau Disease

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Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome

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Rare – Open research in rare diseases

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Submit your paper for consideration. In honor of the Year of the Zebra, fees are waived for one year for all accepted articles.

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