January 26, 2016

Undiagnosed Disease Network seeks adult and pediatric patients

The Vanderbilt Undiagnosed Disease Network (UDN) Clinical Site is seeking additional adult and pediatric patients to enroll. The network is actively evaluating patients from Vanderbilt and extramural sites, but has received permission to seek more applications from patients from within Vanderbilt.

Patients that are best suited for the UDN program  are  those with objective findings that cannot be placed into a known disease category, but seem to have a unifying diagnosis. Patients with other family members who have a similar phenotype are particularly well suited for Whole Exome/Genome Sequencing studies that can reveal functional DNA variants that are shared. 

If you have a patient who you feel is suitable for consideration, and the patient desires such an evaluation, the application requires a simple but informative letter from a treating physician, and the patient must personally apply using the web portal:  undiagnosed.hms.harvard.edu/apply.  If you or your patients have questions about the application process you can contact Vanderbilt's UDN administrator, Anna Bican, at anna.bican@vanderbilt.edu.

If you have questions about the process or patients who you are uncertain might be suitable for consideration, please feel free to contact:

  • John A. Phillips III, M.D., David T. Karzon Professor of Pediatrics, director, Division of Medical Genetics and Genomic Medicine
  • John H. Newman, M.D., Elsa S. Hanigan Professor of Pulmonary Medicine
  • Rizwan Hamid, M.D., associate professor of Pediatrics