Science in Society

Science is one of our most important tools for developing knowledge about the world around us and for understanding health and disease. Effectively leveraging science to address society’s greatest challenges requires broad public trust in science. To build that trust, we work with patient communities, scientists, policymakers, advocates, and philanthropic partners to foster meaningful integration of science and society. By facilitating more responsive and inclusive practices, we bring biomedical research closer to the communities it aims to serve.

A group poses in front of a duck boat in Boston with a banner that says “LFSA Youth Program.”
Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Association hosts its second LFSA Youth Workshop. The group, which represents youth from six countries, spent an afternoon touring Boston, Massachusetts, and learning at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Photo courtesy of Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Association.
Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Association hosts its second LFSA Youth Workshop. The group, which represents youth from six countries, spent an afternoon touring Boston, Massachusetts, and learning at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Photo courtesy of Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Association.
Leena Panwala (left) holds her young daughter (right).
Leena Panwala, president and co-founder of the INADcure Foundation, holds her daughter Ariya, who has the rare disease infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy (INAD). Photo courtesy of the INADcure Foundation.
Leena Panwala (left) holds her young daughter (right).
Leena Panwala, president and co-founder of the INADcure Foundation, holds her daughter Ariya, who has the rare disease infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy (INAD). Photo courtesy of the INADcure Foundation.

Rare As One Project

Rare disease is anything but rare. As many as 7,000 rare diseases affect 400 million people globally. The vast majority are not well understood, and approved treatments have been developed for less than 5% of them. Yet worldwide, patients are meeting these challenges head on. The Rare As One Project is committed to uniting these communities in their quest for cures.

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November 2019 | Falling Walls Engage participants discuss science. Photo courtesy of Falling Walls.
November 2019 | Falling Walls Engage participants discuss science. Photo courtesy of Falling Walls.

Movement for Science

Public support is foundational to advancing biomedical science. CZI’s Movement for Science program works to build broad belief in science so that support for science is a commonly held value, and so that CZI’s efforts to cure, manage, or prevent all disease can be effectively scaled. We envision a world where people understand the importance of science to their daily lives, where leaders apply scientific evidence to solve problems, and scientists view public engagement as central to their work.

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