How Children Can Join HerediGene

Children can join parents in the HerediGene: Population Study by participating in the HerediGene: Children’s Study at Primary Children's Hospital. These studies focus on discovering connections between genetics and diseases.

Intermountain Healthcare & the University of Utah are conducting this study to:

  • Better detect and predict disease
  • Develop new medicines, treatments, and measures to prevent disease
  • Personalize healthcare for future generations of families
  • Lower healthcare costs
  • Discover genetic causes for diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and neurodegenerative disorders

Your family can help to advance healthcare!

Participation in the HerediGene: Children's Study

Families can participate without an appointment by visiting the Primary Children’s Hospital Eccles Outpatient Lab (1st floor).

Patients at participating facilities (and parents) may be introduced to the study during future visits for care.

How can my child participate?

Your child can participate in the study in several ways:

1) If your child is already having lab work done, a member of the study team will draw a small amount of additional blood (up to approximately 2.5 teaspoons).

2) If your child isn’t having lab work done, or the blood sample taken isn’t sufficient, a team member can use a large cotton swab to rub the inside of his/her cheek to collect a sample (this option is only available for children under 18 years).

3) If your child has recently had lab work done (less than 14 days before), any remaining blood from tests may be used.

Frequently Asked Questions

What to expect after my child participates

Privacy – after your child’s sample is collected, we will de-identify their personal health information

Analysis We expect that in a small percent of participants, research testing may find a change in DNA (a genetic variant) that may lead to an increased risk for certain types of disease.

Results If a variant is found, a genetic professional will reach out to discuss additional testing and explain what any confirmed results mean (this is at no expense to the participant). Most participants will not be contacted after participation.