The Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases at Notre Dame University conducts both basic and translational research. It also provides undergraduate students interested in going on to medical school or biomedical research, exposure to rare disease patients and the issues they face. We spoke to Kasturi Haldar, director of the center, about its work, the scientific case for linking rare and neglected diseases, and its upcoming Rare and Neglected Disease Day Conference.