You can help in this important research by consenting to be part and donating a sample to the Biobank. Your sample will join thousands of others for cutting-edge research aimed at making discoveries that could improve healthcare for everyone.
When you donate a sample to the Biobank you are helping researchers understand how differences among people, such as in their genetic information, affect people’s health, and risk of disease. Researchers will be able to do all types of research by looking at your sample and health records. Importantly, by having a bank of data and samples ready to be used, researchers don’t have to wait, enabling them to begin their important work sooner. We hope that one day we can benefit healthcare by finding ways to diagnose medical conditions earlier – even before symptoms appear – and help find new treatments or medications to manage common diseases.
Although we cannot guarantee it, we may also learn something that is medically relevant for you when we analyze your sample. If you signed a Biobank consent form before September 2019, we will ask your permission to share medically relevant information with you using a second consent form. If you sign a Biobank consent form after September 2019, you will give us permission to share medically relevant information with you. We also hope to share information on your ancestry with you, if you want to receive it. More information about the types of results we are returning can be found on the Return of Results page.