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RD-Connect announces educational webinar series for ERN Stakeholders

RD-Connect is organising a series of webinars aiming to train ERN members on RD-Connect tools designed to help clinicians and researchers study and diagnose rare diseases.

August 21, 2018

RD-Connect is an EU-funded integrated platform connecting databases, registries, biobanks and clinical bioinformatics for rare disease research. To help researchers study rare diseases, RD-Connect 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 share, RD-Connect speeds up research, diagnosis and therapy development to improve the lives of patients with rare diseases.

RD-Connect is working together with the European Reference Networks (ERNs), to support them in the research and diagnostic goals. RD-Connect provides its expertise on sharing and linkage of data and in 2018, as part of the Solve-RD project, RD-Connect has started a pilot on re-analysis of existing exomes in four ERNs and six more ERNs are planning to join later. Solve-RD will use the RDConnect Genome-Phenome Analysis Platform to enable clinicians and researchers from the ERNs to analyse, share and diagnose their most challenging unsolved cases. By the end of 2019, Solve-RD will submit up to 19,000 undiagnosed exomes from ERNs. All ERNs are invited to submit their sequencing data and analyse them in RD-Connect.

In this context, RD-Connect is organising a series of webinars aiming to train ERN members on all levels. The webinars will let you learn how the RD-Connect tools can help you in your everyday work. The tools are designed to help clinicians and researchers study and diagnose rare diseases.

  • Genomic analysis quick and easy: RD-Connect Genome-Phenome Analysis Platform - Steven Laurie, Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico, Barcelona, Spain. Thursday 6 September, 15:00 CEST
  • Finding registries and biosamples in just few clicks: RD-Connect Registry & Biobank Finder and Sample Catalogue - Mary Wang, Fondazione Telethon, Milan, Italy Tuesday 18 September 2018, 15:00 CEST
  • Linking up all those data: why should we make data FAIR - Marco Roos, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands. Wednesday 26 September, 15:00 CEST

If you are an ERN stakeholder and are interested on attending some of the webinars, please register here

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