Mercedes Serrano MD PhD works as a child neurologist and clinical researcher expert in metabolic and rare diseases at Sant Joan de Déu Hospital and the Centre for Biomedical Network Research on Rare Diseases (CIBERER). She is very active in exploring new approaches to use information and telecommunications technologies (ICT) to develop new forms of patient oriented research, enable parents to collaborate with researchers on rare diseases and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. She is the founder and principal researcher of www.rarecommons.org, a research Project at the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital in Barcelona focused on the biomedical study of rare diseases that affect children. The undertaking is organized around an online platform that allows for interaction among users, thanks to a dynamic format modeled on virtual social networks and building upon information, learning, and participation. She is also the responsible of the medical contents of www.guiametabolica.org, a reference website for patients suffering inherited metabolic disorders and their families. Mercedes graduated in Medicine at the Miguel Hernández University in Alicante. Later she performed a Master in Child Neurology at the University of Barcelona and a Master in Neurosciences and Biology of Behavior at the University Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla. She gained her PhD degree at the University of Barcelona through her research on dopamine neurotransmission disturbances in pediatric patients. In 2007 she joined CIBERER and Sant Joan de Déu Hospital. She has written dozens of articles indexed in PubMed regarding inherited metabolic disorders including the use of ICT to empower patients and families suffering this group of rare diseases.