My Healthy Maryland Precision Health Initiative is a long-term research study. It will create a diverse “biobank” of health data and samples that can be used for research to understand how genes and other factors affect health and disease. Results from this study will lead to better ways to individualize or “personalize” healthcare (called “Precision Health”).
WHY SHOULD I JOIN?
By joining the My Healthy Maryland Precision Health Initiative, you help advance medical research and the wellbeing of society. The research may lead to improved healthcare that brings new hope for people with different conditions or diseases, including ones that are common in your community. You may learn about your health, which could lead to a better quality of life for yourself and your family members.
WHO CAN JOIN?
- Any person aged 18 or older who currently lives in Maryland.
- Anyone who can consent for themselves in English.
- Persons who are incarcerated cannot join the study at this time.
WHO CAN USE MY INFORMATION AND SAMPLES?
The My Healthy Maryland Precision Health Initiative Team can use your samples and data for research. Other approved researchers from the University of Maryland and from outside of the University of Maryland can ask to use your data and samples. Each request will first be evaluated by the My Healthy Maryland Precision Health Initiative Advisory Committee. All research requests must further be approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB). An IRB is a special committee that protects the rights and welfare of research participants. We will protect your privacy and secret information when we share your samples or data. Your name or other identifiers will NEVER be shared with anyone outside of the My Healthy Maryland Precision Health Initiative Team.
Discover a healthier future together! Join the My Healthy Maryland Precision Health Initiative today.