Biobank at the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine (CCPM)
a partnership between UCHealth and University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
You could make an impact in the world of genetic research.
By donating blood samples at your next lab draw and allowing access to your medical records to the biobank, researchers can learn more about what will help better fight the diseases that affect you, your loved ones, future generations and the community at large.
With more participants in the biobank, we get a more comprehensive view of how genes affect our health.
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Participation is easy and no extra appointments are needed.
- Read and sign the biobank consent form in your My Health Connection patient portal.
- The next time your doctor orders a blood draw, an extra blood sample will be conveniently collected for the biobank at no cost to you.
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Return of results
The biobank is starting to return some genetic results to participants who have had a genetic sample processed, and who have consented to have their results returned. These are clinical genetic test results from a CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited laboratory that may be used by your provider or health care team to impact screening, diagnosis, or treatment decisions.
There are three types of clinical genetic test results that the biobank may be able to return:
- Disease risk: Results that may predict your risk of diseases including some types of cancer, heart disease, muscle disease and other diseases.
- Pharmacogenetics: Results that may predict your response to certain medicines.
- Other: Results that may predict your risk of developing certain diseases or conditions.
Frequently asked questions
The goal of personalized medicine is to choose the right treatments for each patient based on their unique genetic makeup. By studying genetic information and health records from a large and diverse group of people enrolled in the biobank, researchers may find new ways to detect, treat and even prevent disease.
We are enrolling patients across UCHealth into the biobank study to learn how genetic differences between people can affect health and disease. Learning more about this could, in the future, help us make discoveries that could improve healthcare for everyone.
When we analyze your genetic sample, we may also learn something that is medically relevant for you. If you signed a biobank consent that allows us to return results, we may share medically relevant information with you. We cannot guarantee that we will find such information to give to you.
The primary goal of this research program is to help researchers understand how our genes affect health. Your contribution may help further the research needed to improve future medical care. These improvements may help us better fight the diseases that affect you, your loved ones, future generations, and the community at large.
You will not receive payment for being part of this research study. You will not have to pay anything to be in this study. You and your insurance carrier will not be billed for donating a sample to the biobank.
Participation in the biobank and initial results information is free of charge as part of the research program.
If you enroll in the biobank, we will collect a blood sample when you are having your next routine blood draw at a UCHealth facility. There may also be opportunities to provide a saliva sample.
We take a blood or saliva sample from you so that we can look at your DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). DNA is where we store information that we inherit from our parents; that information directs how we grow and develop. DNA holds your genetic code. It lives in every one of your body’s cells. We analyze DNA to understand how peoples’ genetic information differs. We also store some of your sample for future research.
As with any sample provided to a laboratory, the blood or saliva collection tubes have some personal details such as your name and date of birth to identify the sample. When the sample is used for research, it is given a unique code and only the biobank can link the code to your personal information.
Researchers outside the biobank will generally not have access to information that can directly identify you, such as your name, address, or medical record number. Such information may be required by researchers for certain types of research. This would only happen with permission from the Access to Biobank Committee and the Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board (COMIRB). COMIRB is an administrative body that protects the rights and welfare of human research subjects.
There is no limit to the length of time we will store your samples and health information. We may use your information for research unless you decide to withdraw from the biobank.
No. A large amount of information is generated when we process your sample, and most of this information is only used for research purposes.
If you previously enrolled and are being asked to update your consent, it is because the original biobank consent form was limited in scope and information. The updated consent form contains added information about the biobank research study, your rights as a participant, how we share information, and the potential return of genetic test results.
We may learn something that is important to your health when we process your sample. If you signed a biobank consent that allows us to return results, we may be able to return results to you. For more information about the types of results we may be able to return and how these will be returned, visit this web page.
We cannot guarantee that everyone will receive results as this is primarily a research project to make general discoveries about health and risk of disease using data analysis of large populations. For many people, we will not find any relevant clinical genetic test results to report. Also, not all participant samples will have genetic testing done on them.
We update participants on the types of research that is being done with biobank data, but we will not be able to tell participants which studies their sample or data is used for. Participants will not be able to choose which studies their data is used for.
We will use your sample and health information for many types of research, including studies that look at how differences in our genetic information affect risk for certain diseases and how we process medications.
By sharing data, we hope to help researchers to conduct more research on health conditions with the goal of finding better treatments. We will share data on biobank participants with research partners who have the proper approvals. We will also share some of the genetic data we have generated in databases such as dbGaP, which stands for ‘Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes’ that is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Data shared with dbGaP is de-identified to remove personal information such as names, addresses, and date of birth. We may also share de-identified data with industry partners, including those who are developing new drugs or treatments.
We take the protection of your privacy very seriously. We follow federal privacy laws and health care regulations to protect your information. Any data shared through our partnerships does not contain personal or identifying information. All information used by the biobank research study will be protected using secure computers and locked files, so that only authorized people can access it.
A federal law called the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act (GINA) makes it illegal for health insurance companies, group health plans, and most employers to discriminate against you based on your genetic information. It is important to know that this law does not apply to life or disability insurance.
In Colorado, additional laws prohibit denial of health insurance, Medicare supplement insurance, group disability insurance, or long-term care insurance based on your genetic information.
If you have questions about your rights as a research subject or the conduct of this study, please contact the Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board (COMIRB) at 303.724.1055.
Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13001 E. 17th Place, F563
Aurora, CO 80045
Withdrawing from the Biobank
You can withdraw from the biobank research study at any time. If you would like to withdraw, please complete our online form. Once withdrawn, any unused samples will be destroyed. Any information from your sample that has already been used for research cannot be destroyed.