Recent Advances in Rare Disease: Frequently misdiagnosed hereditary disorders (FREMIDIS)

Dear colleagues and friends, 

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 4th conference of our international “Recent Advances in Rare Disease – RARD: FREQUENTLY MISDIAGNOSED HEREDITARY DISORDERS (FREMIDIS)” conference. 

Given the still low level of knowledge in that arena of medicine, the complexity of rare diseases and the limited natural history data, global expert exchange is a mandatory part towards the future of personalized medicine and development of new drugs.

The dedication to help as many rare disease patients lead an as normal life as possible by transforming our genetic understanding, clinical and R&D data into answers drives the conference’s spirit: bringing together experienced scientists, physicians and clinicians to exchange expertise, recent research data and the future development. Moreover, we have always to follow the rule that early diagnosis of patients with rare hereditary disorders is a must to give them the chance for specific treatment as well as genetic counselling.

We are very pleased to have you participating in this unique networking forum to be held in 2020 in Capetown. This event will act as a great encouragement for our future endeavors - having the patient always in the center of our actions.

Scientific Advisory Committee

Barry Jacobsen, South Africa

Arndt Rolfs, Germany

Ari Zimran, Israel

Mia Horowitz, Israel

Uma Ramaswami, UK

Elena Lukina, Russia

Jonas Saute, Brazil

Huma Cheema, Pakistan

Lilian Monteiro Palma, Brazil

Requirements for entering South Africa

You will need the following to visit South Africa:

  • A valid and acceptable passport or travel document for your intended stay (should have minimum 6 months validity after the end of intended visit)
  • At least 2 blank pages in your passport for endorsements (it is better to have 2 blank pages in page spread), like here: 

  • A valid visa, if required
  • Sufficient funds to pay for your day-to-day expenses during your stay
  • A return or onward ticket
  • Yellow fever certificates if your journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.
  • Please, check entering rules to South Africa with your air company also. 

General information about visas

Requirements for visitors' visas differ from country to country (click here to see which countries are currently exempt, and the requirements are subject to change. As each application is treated as an individual case you should make enquiries with your nearest South African mission or consulate abroad or any office of the Department of Home Affairs to see if you are required to apply for a visa.

Remember that there is a fee charged for issuing a visa, and you should check the cost with the office as well as this is updated annually. The fee is payable in different currencies in different countries.

Visas are not issued at South African ports of entry, and airline officials are obliged to insist on visas before allowing passengers to board. If you arrive without a visa, immigration officials are obliged to put you onto a flight back to your home country.

Please, contact the South Africa embassy in your country for more details:

Hotel information

The RARD 2020 conference will take place in the Lagoon Beach Hotel, Cape Town.

For more information please visit their website.

Check-in time: June 03, 2020, from 2 pm
Check-out time: June 07, 2020, till 11 pm

Please contact Irina Ovcharenko concerning all issues on early check-in, late check-out or prolongation of your stay.


Contact Us

Please contact us by email with your queries.

Conference organisation, Abstract management and Sponsorship

Anke Schneider  RARD(at)centogene(dot)com

Hotel accommodation, Visa and Airport transfer

Irina Ovcharenko  Rardcapetown(at)gmail(dot)com

RARD 2019 Bogotá / Columbia

The third meeting of the RARD series took place 20-22 June, 2019 in Bogota/Colombia. The event facilitated global expert exchange to drive a future of personalized medicine for our patients and the development of new orphan drugs.

You can find presentations and some photographic impressions of RARD 2019 under – please ask for access data by mail to rard(at)centogene(dot)com and your access data will be emailed to you.

Agenda 2019


RARD 2019 received very positive feedback from many of our participants. Here are a few of the responses:

I would like to thank one more time for the RARD meeting in Bogota. It was great to participate in such important meeting and meet with the international experts and Centogene team.
Warm regards,
Selim Canatan, Antalya, Turkey

Thanks again with all the help in the conference, the case presentation was very good and we will be able to help the patient and his family!
Thanks again for everything,
Charles Marques Lourenço, Ribeirao Preto, Brazil 

Thank you very much for everything, all organization and kindness.
Agne Cerkauskaite, Vilnius, Lithuania

I am writing this message for congratulate you for the excellent meeting held in Bogotá few days ago. The program was fantastic and the organization excellent. Also, the program was well balanced with very intensive scientific sessions and a nice social program, proportioning a rich and warm atmosphere to this truly global event. It was a pleasure and an honor to serve in the RARD Scientific Advisory Committee and to have the opportunity to contribute to this important initiative.
Best regards,
Roberto Giugliani, Porto Alegre, Brazil

The meeting was wonderful, I had a great time and lots of learning.
Looking forward to seeing you next year.
All the best,
Dafne Horovitz, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

I wanted to thank you for a great time, and a wonderful meeting in Bogota !
The organization, the lectures, and all around was 100% planed and done.
You are the best !
Tama Dinur, Jerusalem, Israel

I am honored to have been invited to participate in such a nice meeting with all the leaders in the field. A note about the Hotel Tequendama. I found the hotel staff extremely courteous, attentive and helpful. The IT people were very competent. I would choose this hotel again.
Kind regards,
Ricardo A. Feldman, Baltimore, USA

The meeting was really productive and I hope my participation has been good.
I really appreciate your help and support.
Best regards and hopefully see you in South Africa next year,
Moisés Fiesco, Mexico City, Mexico

I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this conference. I gained knowledge which will be very valuable in my daily clinical practice. This will allow me to provide better patient care. Again, I am very grateful for this opportunity. I hope you will keep me in consideration for the conference in Cape Town, South Africa 2020.
Best regards,
Noelia Salmeron, Tampa, USA

Thank you for a wonderful and stimulating conference and thank you for your generosity in organizing the conference. Bringing together people from different sides of the LSD subject, research and clinical, and from different parts of the world was an inspired decision which, in my opinion, paid off. It was my first time to attend the RARD meeting and was a wonderful experience. Thank you again for inviting me to the conference, I really appreciate it. Looking forward to work more with Centogene and the next meeting.
Kind regards,
Nahid Tayebi, Bethesda, USA

I would like to thank you all for organizing a very successful, interesting, well organized meeting in Bogota. The atmosphere was great, science was very good, topics well extremely interesting!!!
Really, it was a great success!!!!
From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU ALL!!!!!
Mia Horowitz, Tel Aviv, Israel

I am so thankful to give me such amazing opportunity participating at RARD 2019, which was great experience and professional involvement for me, also I would like to mention that I am under impression till now, everything was great, Thanks a lot to organizing committee.
Kind regards,
Marika Sulashvili, Tbilisi, Georgia