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In July 2018 the new RD-Connect Community was launched. This is an international association of individuals and organizations who would like to participate in shaping the rare disease field, promote data sharing and reuse and advance research. Membership is free of charge and open to organisations, research groups and individuals from diverse backgrounds, engaged in rare disease research anywhere in the world. Several ERNs have signed up as members, but we would be delighted to receive registrations from individual HCPs and research groups.

Interested in joining? Fill out the registration form to become a member! For more information about the RD-Connect Community, please visit https://rd-connect.eu/about-rd-connect/become-member/

An invitation for ERN HCPs to join RD-Connect, an international platform for rare disease data analysis and data sharing

RD-Connect is an EU-funded integrated platform connecting databases, registries, biobanks and clinical bioinformatics for rare disease research. It provides user-friendly tools for data analysis and links different data types - omics (e.g. genomics), clinical information, patient registries and biobanks - into a common resource. By enabling scientists and clinicians around the world to analyse and share data and biosamples, RD-Connect speeds up research, diagnosis and therapy development to improve the lives of patients with rare diseases.

RD-Connect has built three integrated online systems open to any rare disease:

RD-Connect is open for data submissions from ERNs and already holds thousands of secure, pseudonymised datasets. Data are linked at an individual per-patient level. Researchers can analyse data, find similar cases and related information such as availability of biomaterials. In collaborations with other EU projects, RD-Connect has already contributed to the discovery of dozens of novel disease genes.

Opportunities for ERN clinicians to use RD-Connect tools

RD-Connect is working together with the ERNs to support them in their research and diagnostic goals. In particular, the RD-Connect Genome-Phenome Analysis Platform (GPAP) can be used by the ERN clinicians themselves to solve their unsolved cases. In 2018 and 2019, as part of the Solve-RD project, the RD-Connect Genome-Phenome Analysis Platform will be used by clinicians and researchers from four ERNs for reanalysis of 19,000 undiagnosed exomes towards diagnosis and gene discovery. GENTURIS, EURO-NMD, ITHACA, and ERN-RND are full partners in Solve-RD, with six more ERNs as associated partners. However, all ERNs are invited to submit their sequencing data and analyse them in RD-Connect, so if you have a cohort of undiagnosed patients with NGS data you would like support in reanalysing, we would love to hear from you!

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