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
Frequently Asked Questions
How can my child participate?
Your child can participate in the study in several ways:
- 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).
- 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). Please have children avoid food and drink 30 minutes prior to participating.
- If your child has recently had lab work done (less than 14 days before), any remaining blood from tests may be used.