There are many rare diseases, they are very varied and affect very few people. This means that there is a lack of detection, that they are harder to diagnose, that it is more complicated to find suitable treatment and that less time and money is spent on research. And all these disadvantages end up being paid for by those who suffer from these diseases. We discuss all this with Dr. José Hernández-Rodríguez, consultant in the Autoimmune Diseases Service at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona.
Dr. Hernández-Rodríguez specializes in rare diseases, more specifically autoinflammatory diseases and systemic and organ-specific vasculitis. He is also the coordinator of the Hospital Clínic Programme for Rare Diseases, a crosscutting programme that includes all the professionals at our hospital with expertise in rare diseases.