The Laboratory has been established whit the aim to collect different skills to support patients with rare diseases. Since the beginning of the activities, a Database for rare diseases was created with updated information for patients, their families and professionals. Specific research projects has been developed for some rare conditions such as familial and recurrent forms of Hemolytic Uremic Sindrome (HUS) and Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP), Fabry disease, Alport Syndrome, Takayasu arteritis, hereditary nephrotic syndromes.
During the years the Laboratory role has changed, because of the major attention on rare diseases developed at the Institutional level.
In 2001 it has been nominated Coordinating Centre of the Regional Network for Rare Diseases in the Lombardy Region, an area of 9 million people in Northern Italy. As Coordinating Centre, it is also working with the National Centre of Rare Diseases at Istituto Superiore di Sanità in Rome. All the information regarding the activities of the Coordinating Centre are available at the web site: http://malattierare.marionegri.it