The European Disorder of Sex Development Registry: A virtual research environment

Ahmed, S.F. , Rodie, M.E., Jiang, J. and Sinnott, R.O. (2010) The European Disorder of Sex Development Registry: A virtual research environment. Sexual Development, 4(4-5), pp. 192-198. (doi: 10.1159/000313434)

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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 ( 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.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Rodie, Dr Martina and Sinnott, Professor Richard and Ahmed, Professor Syed Faisal
Authors: Ahmed, S.F., Rodie, M.E., Jiang, J., and Sinnott, R.O.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Clinical Specialities
Journal Name:Sexual Development
Published Online:26 May 2010

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