The Department of Natural Sciences of the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin is pleased to announce the first Workshop on Rare Diseases, focussing on paleopathological record and data dissemination.
In Europe, a rare disease is defined as a pathological condition affecting less than 1/2000 people and most rare diseases are due to genetical disorders.
Their low frequency generates a lack of visibility, both in medical environments and in social media, which is ultimately responsible for the lack of support and resources.
As data on frequencies, epidemiology and aetiology of rare diseases are largely incomplete, we believe that understanding their history is a crucial step to take in order to increase knowledge and awareness about both the present and the past of rare diseases.
Reports on rare diseases from archaeological contexts can be found in specialised literature, although a dedicated forum is still missing. The current situation heavily affects the visibility of the available data and, ultimately, they hardly reach the larger public.
This workshop aims at creating a platform for a more systematic approach to rare diseases, where single cases are collected, discussed and integrated in a broader overview.
The workshop offers a common ground to outstanding researchers from universities, research institutes and museum where to: