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3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
ERN eUROGEN Registry for rare urogenital diseases [ERN-eUROGEN registry]
The ERN eUROGEN, currently consisting of 43 HCPs from 17 EU Members States, aims to set up a large patient registry collecting individual data from patients suffering from rare urogenital diseases or ...
The ERN eUROGEN, currently consisting of 43 HCPs from 17 EU Members States, aims to set up a large patient registry collecting individual data from patients suffering from rare urogenital diseases or complex conditions. Currently, very limited data is being gathered about disease progression, surgical procedures and treatment outcome, and the few existing databases are not standardized, fragmenting and scattering the information. Moreover, there is a lack of long-term follow up of the treatment outcome into adolescence and adulthood, which hinders improvement of treatments over time.

Here, ERN eUROGEN will launch the core registry containing the 16 JRC core elements plus several urogenital specific data elements. Together, they will conform the pilot phase of the registry where physicians from all 43 HCPs will register their last 30 rare cases in an anonymous way. The pilot phase will allow to get used to the registry and to perform a clinical snapshot of the current practices i.e. to compare the clinical management of these cases among the expert centres across Europe.

Besides, we will start to integrate four existing rare urogenital disease-specific registries into eUROGEN registry by assessing interoperability and data elements to be imported. We will also prepare the next expansion phase of the registry by collecting the informed consent forms of patients, incorporating suggestions of the users from the pilot phase and enlarging the data set of the eUROGEN registry. Thus, the main outputs will be the operational registry, its governance and the expansion plan, the synchronization protocol, the practice variation study and patient cohorts for future research and clinical trials.

The eUROGEN registry for all 114 rare urogenital diseases will benefit patients and their families who go through a diagnosis odyssey, and the physicians who will learn about seldom conditions and get new insights into the best treatment options, impossible on a national scale.
Start date: 01/06/2020 - End date: 31/05/2023

Call: Call for Proposals for Projects 2019
Topic: 4.1 Support the establishment of a system of European reference networks for patients with conditions requiring highly specialised care and a particular concentration of resources o...
Topic: 4.1 Support the establishment of a system of European reference networks for patients with conditions requiring highly specialised care and a particular concentration of resources or expertise, as in the case of rare diseases, on the basis of criteria to be established under Directive 2011/24/EU.
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Interoperable ERN on Rare and Undiagnosed Skin Disorders [ERN-Skin REGISTRY]
Rare diseases need more means in order to help share information on research, diagnostics and also provide equity in treatment. Therefore the European Commission has developed a global European regist...
Rare diseases need more means in order to help share information on research, diagnostics and also provide equity in treatment. Therefore the European Commission has developed a global European registry tool with functions to make data findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable. In parallel ERN-Skin is going to work with UMCG in order to build a central ERN-Skin registry that will receive patient information from different European sources and will push that information into ERDRI, the European global registry. First the new registry will be developed and interfaced with ERDRI, then connections will be established between existing registries in the different HCPs of ERN-Skin and the central ERN-Skin registry. The objective is to cover all diseases. Today there are roughly 20 000 patient records scattered in European HCPs for rare Skin diseases. This new process will enable additional HCPs that have no registry today, to fill-in forms. Therefore we can anticipate the total amount of records to increase a lot. The registry will be developed by UMCG on the Molgenis platform. Work has to be done on the homogenization of data, the required datasets in order to cover all diseases, the patients' consents. Dissemination will be crucial to make the tool sustainable: patients' organizations will be informed of the project and involved in its advancement, HCPs will be regularly informed and trained on the tool, statistics will be published regularly. Also, user guides will be available and webex demonstrations will be performed. A Super User will be in situ at Hospital Necker who will be the main point of contact for questions regarding the use of the central registry. This person will also follow-up on any new developments of the central ERN-Skin registry tool.
Start date: 01/05/2020 - End date: 30/04/2023

Call: Call for Proposals for Projects 2019
Topic: 4.1 Support the establishment of a system of European reference networks for patients with conditions requiring highly specialised care and a particular concentration of resources o...
Topic: 4.1 Support the establishment of a system of European reference networks for patients with conditions requiring highly specialised care and a particular concentration of resources or expertise, as in the case of rare diseases, on the basis of criteria to be established under Directive 2011/24/EU.
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
An Operational EPICARE Registry for all Rare and Complex Epilepsies [EPICARE-GRANT]
Within our EPICARE network, we want to build a useful registry for all patients with rare and complex epilepsies. This registry will contain the common data elements, as proposed by EU RD platform, as...
Within our EPICARE network, we want to build a useful registry for all patients with rare and complex epilepsies. This registry will contain the common data elements, as proposed by EU RD platform, as well as key epilepsy data fields such as etiology and treatment modalities. The existing pilot version of our registry will be updated and put an a REDcap platform. Pseudonymisation will be done with the EUPID tool and data fields will be FAIRified, so that interoperability with other registries and database will be possible. Links with Orphanet, WHO and genetic databases will be installed. After a pilot trial, the registry will be rolled out in all EPICARE centers. In a next phase, collaborations with other partners such as RD NEXUS and patient organisations (EPAG) will be established so that the EPICARE registry will become a pivotal element in all EPICARE activities. The EPICARE registry, as well as the links with other ERN and non-ERN registries and databases, will allow us to identify where in Europe the patients are located with rare and complex epilepsies and will make dedicated research, optimisation of diagnosis and treatment possible.
Start date: 01/05/2020 - End date: 30/04/2022

Call: Call for Proposals for Projects 2019
Topic: 4.1 Support the establishment of a system of European reference networks for patients with conditions requiring highly specialised care and a particular concentration of resources o...
Topic: 4.1 Support the establishment of a system of European reference networks for patients with conditions requiring highly specialised care and a particular concentration of resources or expertise, as in the case of rare diseases, on the basis of criteria to be established under Directive 2011/24/EU.
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
VASCERN Registries [VASCERN Registries]
This project proposal concerns the registry needs of VASCERN, the ERN on rare multystemic vascular diseases, which was launched in March 2017 and which is a 5 years project co-funded by the 3rd Health...
This project proposal concerns the registry needs of VASCERN, the ERN on rare multystemic vascular diseases, which was launched in March 2017 and which is a 5 years project co-funded by the 3rd Health Programme under a Framework Partnership Agreement.

In our VASCERN registries' project, we will:
• Use the JRC / ERDRI for storing metadata / EU Common dataset and start transforming the registries into FAIR registries
• Adapt the plan to the structure of VASCERN which is unique because of many diseases with no relations between them (no common point between PPL and HTAD except that these diseases are vascular diseases): therefore there is a need for different registries:

1) common data registry: minimum EU dataset. Already available will be the core of each registry of each of our 5 Rare Disease Working Groups (RDWG).
2) Diseases specific registries: one per RDWG (meaning 5). These rare diseases specific registries can be based on the more complete and evaluated registry (HTAD, MSA and HHT) or can be the creation of a new registry (VASCA and PPL)
Start date: 01/05/2020 - End date: 30/04/2023

Call: Call for Proposals for Projects 2019
Topic: 4.1 Support the establishment of a system of European reference networks for patients with conditions requiring highly specialised care and a particular concentration of resources o...
Topic: 4.1 Support the establishment of a system of European reference networks for patients with conditions requiring highly specialised care and a particular concentration of resources or expertise, as in the case of rare diseases, on the basis of criteria to be established under Directive 2011/24/EU.
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Patient centered and interoperable registry hub for Rare Neuromuscular Diseases [EURO-NMD Registry]
EURO-NMD, ERN for Rare Neuromuscular Diseases, spans 14 European countries, with 61 reference centres that oversee more than 100,000 patients. Core objectives are the implementation of clinical practi...
EURO-NMD, ERN for Rare Neuromuscular Diseases, spans 14 European countries, with 61 reference centres that oversee more than 100,000 patients. Core objectives are the implementation of clinical practice guidelines and the definition and monitoring of core indicators of guideline conforming management, treatment quality and patient health outcomes. Patient registries are key instruments for the ERN to be able to deliver its objectives. A recognised challenge for rare diseases is the heterogeneity of legacy data sets and the multiplicity of existing registries. EURO-NMD health care providers and patient organizations are currently active in more than 120, mostly disease specific and patient run registries. While the existing registries are collecting important information, none of them is used by all EURO-NMD centres and there is no unified NMD or NMD Disease Specific Registry in EU. The general objective of this proposal is to build a registry hub for all neuromuscular diseases, including undiagnosed patients, and connect with the existing ones. The EURO-NMD Registry Hub will use internationally agreed, state of the art concepts such as being built with a system that will collect standardized common data elements, defined by the Joint Research Center (JRC). It will be registered in the JRC’s meta-registry platform ERDRI, will allow for the generation of a Privacy Preservation Record Link (PPLR) through the EUPID system, it will use internationally accepted ontologies (HPO) and ORPHA codes for codification of the diseases. Development of a registry hub that will allow linking and extraction of data from different sources. Thus, the data collected through the registry hub will be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR). The registry hub will offer the unique opportunity to the fragmented NMD communities and their HCPs, Centers, Patients and Patient Organizations to be able to communicate between them and exchange knowledge, experience and news.
Start date: 01/05/2020 - End date: 30/04/2023

Call: Call for Proposals for Projects 2019
Topic: 4.1 Support the establishment of a system of European reference networks for patients with conditions requiring highly specialised care and a particular concentration of resources o...
Topic: 4.1 Support the establishment of a system of European reference networks for patients with conditions requiring highly specialised care and a particular concentration of resources or expertise, as in the case of rare diseases, on the basis of criteria to be established under Directive 2011/24/EU.