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The Rocky Mountain Biorepository (RMB) Frequently Asked Questions
Why are we doing this project?
We are collecting DNA from patients at our hospitals and clinics to learn how genetic
differences we inherit can affect health. Learning more about this could help us to improve
health care for everyone.
What is DNA?
DNA is how people store information we inherit from our parents; that information directs how we grow and
develop. The DNA information is contained in pieces is called genes.
How do we get DNA from you?
When your doctor orders a blood test on you, your blood is used for testing and any leftover blood is later
thrown away. Here, we will collect DNA from any of your leftover blood before it is thrown away.
What will we do with your DNA?
We will extract your DNA from your blood sample and then put a code on it so that your name and personal
information are not visible on the tube. The tube(s) are then stored in locked freezers until a researcher(s)
requests to use your DNA sample for a research project(s). Sometimes the researcher will also request
information about you from the medical records. When a researcher receives your sample(s) and/or clinical
data, these are given without any information about your name or identity. Most of the research done using
your sample(s) will requires a formal review by a research panel; sometimes the researchers may be from
another university. If there are other leftover samples (from your urine, saliva, tissue from a surgery or
biopsy) these may be collected also.
Will anyone be able to tell whose DNA is whose?
The researchers will not be able to tell whose DNA is whose. Researchers, employers, insurance companies
and law enforcement agencies will not get specific information about your DNA. The purpose of coding your
sample is to make sure that each person’s privacy is protected.
How will you tell me about this program?
When you visit our clinics and hospitals you may receive this information form and our consent form. You will
need to read and sign and date the consent form in order to participate.
What if I do not want my DNA used this way?
If you do not want to participate in this project, then you should not sign the consent form. If you have
questions or change your mind about participating, please call the RMB at 303-724-9944.
Will someone let me know if something different is found in my DNA?
DNA research takes a long time and there is no guarantee that anything directly relevant to your health will
be found and confirmed. Because the research takes a long time and the results are uncertain you should
not expect to get results from this study. We hope that this will change over time. Thus, someone from the
study might contact you later with questions or to provide information about the study. In the more distant
future it is possible that someone might contact you with specific results (again, we emphasize that we
cannot currently promise to give you any results). Overall, we hope that by learning more about how genes
work will help make everyone’s health care better, including yours.
What other concerns do people sometimes have?
Some people have worried that DNA could be used to clone humans; this project will not clone humans.
Others have worried that the study has extra costs; there are no costs to you to participate.
Who will oversee the study to make sure the DNA is being used the way they its supposed to?
The project will be watched over by: the investigators running the study and by our responsible Institutional
Review Board (COMIRB). You can call COMIRB with questions at 303-724-1055.
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