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      Design and Implementation of the Hepatorenal Fibrocystic Disease Core Center Clinical Database: A Centralized Resource for Characterizing Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease and Other Hepatorenal Fibrocystic Diseases

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          Autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD) and other hepatorenal fibrocystic diseases (HRFD) are relatively rare recessive disorders that constitute an important set of childhood nephropathies. Little is known about fundamental pathogenesis, and advances toward clinical trials will require well-characterized patient cohorts and the development of predictive and prognostic biomarkers. Such studies in rare diseases require greater collaboration than the efforts in common diseases where large patient repositories can be built at a single site. For the HRFD, clinical and translational research studies would be well served by centralized case accrual that coordinates collection of clinical data, biospecimens (DNA and tissues), and genetic information. As a part of the NIH-funded Hepatorenal Fibrocystic Disease Core Center, we have established a web-accessible portal to enroll patients with ARPKD and other HRFD and compile baseline and longitudinal clinical information in a REDCap-based clinical database. This central database is structured to collect clinical data from patients throughout the Americas (North, Central, and South). By using informatic analyses, we have defined the first data-driven estimates of ARPKD-related neonatal mortality, as well as the incidence and prevalence of this disease. These data indicate that while ARPKD is a rare disorder, there are hundreds of patients potentially available for deep clinical phenotyping in the United States alone. The centralization and sharing of clinical information and biomaterials from ARPKD and other HRFD patients hold the potential to accelerate progress in understanding disease pathways. Once the database is mature, the well-characterized patient cohorts will provide an important resource for developing clinical trials to evaluate new targeted therapeutic interventions in this spectrum of disorders.

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                Front Pediatr
                Front Pediatr
                Front. Pediatr.
                Frontiers in Pediatrics
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                20 April 2017
                : 5
                1Division of Nephrology, Children’s National Health System , Washington, DC, USA
                2Center for Genetic Medicine, Children’s National Health System , Washington, DC, USA
                3Center for Translational Science, Children’s National Health System , Washington, DC, USA
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                Edited by: Katherine MacRae Dell, Case Western Reserve University, USA

                Reviewed by: R. Morrison Hurley, University of British Columbia, Canada; Vera Hermina Koch, Instituto da Criança_Hospital Das Clinicas FMUSP, Brazil

                *Correspondence: Lisa M. Guay-Woodford, lguaywoo@

                Specialty section: This article was submitted to Pediatric Nephrology, a section of the journal Frontiers in Pediatrics

                Copyright © 2017 Alzarka, Morizono, Bollman, Kim and Guay-Woodford.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

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                Funded by: UAB Hepatorenal Fibrocystic Disease Core Center
                Award ID: P30 DK074038
                Funded by: Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National
                Award ID: UL1TR001876
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