IRDiRC proudly announces that Dr Petra Kaufmann has been elected as Chair of the Interdisciplinary Scientific Committee (ISC), where she will serve with the newly elected Vice Chair Dr Domenica Taruscio. Dr Kaufmann is the Director of the Office of Rare Diseases Research (ORDR), and Director of the Division of Clinical Innovation (DCI) at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). Dr Taruscio is a research director of the National Center for Rare Diseases at Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS) and is responsible for the Italian National Registry of Rare Diseases. Dr Kaufmann will follow in the footsteps of Professor Hanns Lochmüller, who is stepping down after having served five years as Chair, but will remain committed to the work of the ISC, and its Task Forces. IRDiRC would like to thank Professor Lochmüller for all his continued efforts as ISC Chair, and is glad that he will remain a valuable member of the Committee.