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Sex Dev. 2010 Sep;4(4-5):192-8. doi: 10.1159/000313434. Epub 2010 May 26.

The European disorder of sex development registry: a virtual research environment.

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Developmental Endocrinology Research Group, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow, UK. s.f.ahmed@clinmed.gla.ac.uk

Abstract

Disorders of sex development (DSD) are a rare group of conditions which require further research. Effective research into understanding the aetiology, as well as long-term outcome of these rare conditions, requires multicentre collaboration often across national boundaries. The EU-funded EuroDSD programme (www.eurodsd.eu) is one such collaboration involving clinical centres and clinical and genetic experts across Europe. At the heart of the EuroDSD collaboration is a European DSD registry and a targeted virtual research environment (VRE) that supports the sharing of DSD data. Security, ethics and information governance are cornerstones of this infrastructure. This paper describes the infrastructure that has been developed, the inherent challenges in security, availability and dependability that must be overcome for the enterprise to succeed and provides a sample of the data that are stored in the registry along with a summary analysis of the current data sets.

PMID:
20501980
DOI:
10.1159/000313434
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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