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The Rare Kidney Disease Registry and Biobank

The RKD registry and Biobank was established in 2012 and aims to address an unmet need in the study of rare kidney disease in Ireland: facilitation of clinical studies when sporadic cases are scattered throughout many hospitals in Ireland. Existing centre-based research facilities serve this need poorly; networked collaboration across all the CRFs in the country is required as even large academic hospitals may only encounter a handful of cases. The majority of recruits have the rare disease ANCA vasculitis (with linking of the Irish registry database with the pan-UK UKIVAS initiative).

Rare Kidney Bisease Biobank Protocols

RKD Sample and Data Collection and Management Protocol V7 (PDF 2.47 MB) Sample Processing Quick Card (PDF 235 kB) Protocol IIb BDP100 (PDF 107 kB) Appendix 1 Paxgene (PDF 628 kB) Appendix II P100 (PDF 2 MB) Appendix IV Specific Information Tallaght Research Labs v2 (PDF 789 kB)

Vasculitis Registry and Biobank Protocols

Vasculitis Sample and Data Collection and Management Protocol V7 (PDF 2MB) Processing Sample Quick Card (PDF 235 kB )

EUVAS Data Dictionary

EUVAS Data Dictonary (xlsx 280 kB )

Vasculitis Acute Patients National Recruitment

Instructions for Clinicians (PDF 195 kB) Patient Information (PDF 189 kB) Consent Form (PDF 227 kB)

Sample Processing Sheet

Sample Processing Sheet (PDF 323 kB)

Trinity Health Kidney Centre Ethics Documents




We welcome expressions of interest from potential collaborators, please email us at

biobank recruitment figures

Number of recruits to RKD Biobank since inception; many have multiple longitudinal samples at different stages of the disease


Biological samples (serum, proteomic grade plasma, urine, leucocytes, RNA and DNA) are processed and stored centrally at the TCD Biobank with archiving managed using industry standard Freezerworks software. All aliquots are bar coded and mapped to the freezer location. Linked clinical data are recorded by local clinician and research nurse on a web-accessed database developed by the Dublin Centre for Clinical Research (John McCourt and Rakesh Patel). Every aliquot has a clearly documented provenance.

The facility is managed by Dr Alan Kennedy. For further information, or to inquire about potential projects or collaborations, please contact; or +353 1 896 4810

Postal Address

Rare Kidney Disease Registry and Biobank,
Trinity Health Kidney Centre, 
Office 2.13 / Lab 1.06, 
Trinity Translational Medicine Institute, 
St James’ Hospital,
Dublin 8, 
D08 W9RT,