62,000 samples available via RD-Connect sample catalogue
The international RD-Connect Sample Catalogue available at https://samples.rd-connect.eu/ has now received a new batch of over 38,000 samples from EuroBioBank members from the Telethon Network of Genetic Biobanks (TNGB), Italy. The Sample Catalogue is open and available to all users free of charge. This will boost scientific discovery and push forward diagnosis and treatment for rare diseases.
The RD-Connect Sample Catalogue lets researchers find detailed information on individual biological samples stored in the EuroBioBank network, and provides information about the available biomaterials, such as primary cells, tissue, DNA, serum, RNA, cell lines and others. Researchers worldwide can now find and request a total of 62,000 samples from over 13 biobanks for their research.
The RD-Connect Sample Catalogue based on the MOLGENIS platform is hosted at University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG), the Netherlands. MOLGENIS is a flexible, open source data platform that helps to find, capture, exchange, manage and analyse scientific data. RD-Connect began as a six-year project (2012 – 2018) funded by the European Commission. RD-Connect is now an international community working towards accelerating rare disease research worldwide by provision of the global RD-Connect Platform. It developed a unique research infrastructure and platform integrating databases, registries, biobanks and clinical bioinformatics for rare disease research. By enabling scientists and clinicians around the world to analyse and share data and samples, RD-Connect aims to improve the lives of patients with rare diseases. It is possible to join the RD-Connect Community by registering on the website. The infrastructure will now be sustainable embedded in a European research infrastructure landscape and become part of BBMRI-ERIC and ELIXIR.
EuroBioBank is a network of rare disease biobanks founded in 2001, it is the only dedicated network of biobanks in Europe providing rare disease human biological materials as a service to the scientific community. The network has 25 member biobanks, including the 11 TNGB biobanks.
Dr Lucia Monaco, member of the RD-Connect Community Executive Committee and workpackage lead for biobanks said: “We are pleased that EuroBioBank biobanks continue to publish their rare disease sample collections to the Sample Catalogue. Making precious RD samples findable and accessible is the continuing goal of the RD-Connect Community, we welcome this new dataset and I would like to thank the effort of the teams to make this happen”.