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Title: An electronic infrastructure for research and treatment of the thalassemias and other hemoglobinopathies : the Euro-Mediterranean ITHANET project
Authors: Lederer, Carsten W.
Basak, Ayse Nazli
Aydinok, Yesim
Christou, Soteroula
El-Beshlawy, Amal
Eleftheriou, Androulla
Fattoum, Slaheddine
Felice, Alex E.
Fibach, Eitan
Galanello, Renzo
Gambari, Roberto
Gavrila, Lucian
Giordano, Piero C.
Grosveld, Frank
Hassapopoulou, Helen
Hladka, Eva
Kanavakis, Emmanuel
Locatelli, Franco
Old, John
Patrinos, George P.
Romeo, Giovanni
Taher, Ali
Traeger-Synodinos, Joanne
Vassiliou, Panayiotis
Villegas, Ana
Voskaridou, Ersi
Wajcman, Henri
Zafeiropoulos, Anastasios
Kleanthous, Marina
Keywords: Thalassemia -- Research
Thalassemia -- Treatment
Hemoglobinopathy -- Treatment
Hemoglobinopathy
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Lederer, C. W., Basak, A. N., Aydinok, Y., Christou, S., El-Beshlawy, A., Eleftheriou, A.,...Kleanthous, M. (2009). An electronic infrastructure for research and treatment of the thalassemias and other hemoglobinopathies: the Euro-Mediterranean ITHANET project. Hemoglobin, 33(3-4), 163-176.
Abstract: Hemoglobin (Hb) disorders are common, potentially lethal monogenic diseases, posing a global health challenge. With worldwide migration and intermixing of carriers, demanding flexible health planning and patient care, hemoglobinopathies may serve as a paradigm for the use of electronic infrastructure tools in the collection of data, the dissemination of knowledge, the harmonization of treatment, and the coordination of research and preventive programs. ITHANET, a network covering thalassemias and other hemoglobinopathies, comprises 26 organizations from 16 countries, including non-European countries of origin for these diseases (Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Tunisia and Turkey). Using electronic infrastructure tools, ITHANET aims to strengthen cross-border communication and data transfer, cooperative research and treatment of thalassemia, and to improve support and information of those affected by hemoglobinopathies. Moreover, the consortium has established the ITHANET Portal, a novel web-based instrument for the dissemination of information on hemoglobinopathies to researchers, clinicians and patients. The ITHANET Portal is a growing public resource, providing forums for discussion and research coordination, and giving access to courses and databases organized by ITHANET partners. Already a popular repository for diagnostic protocols and news related to hemoglobinopathies, the ITHANET Portal also provides a searchable, extendable database of thalassemia mutations and associated background information. The experience of ITHANET is exemplary for a consortium bringing together disparate organizations from heterogeneous partner countries to face a common health challenge. The ITHANET Portal as a web-based tool born out of this experience amends some of the problems encountered and facilitates education and international exchange of data and expertise for hemoglobinopathies.
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