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What to learn from rare diseases | Jürgen Schäfer | TEDxRWTHAachen
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Added Oct 5, 2016
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In a way, we all benefit from rare diseases. Rare meaning less than one in 2000 being affected, this concerns roughly 40,000 people in Germany alone. In his talk, Jürgen Schäfer explains what we can learn from rare diseases, especially with regard to improving treatments for the more common ones.

Jürgen Schäfer, professor of preventive cardiology, is the founder and director of the Center of Unknown and Rare Disease in Marburg. Together with a team of health professionals from various backgrounds his research focuses on helping those patients that haven’t been diagnosed yet. Through his unprecedented work Jürgen Schäfer has become known as the German Dr. House.

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