How to Participate

Your participation will take approximately 15 minutes of your time. Here is what is involved:

  1. A BioBank recruiter will discuss this study with you. If you agree to participate, you will be asked to sign a consent form.
  2. We will get some information about you and your health. We will ask you to provide some identifying information, such as your name, date of birth, medical record number, and contact information. We will ask you for some additional information about your health history.
  3. If you consent to donate blood, we will get a blood sample from you. We will collect about 3 tablespoons of blood from a vein in your arm. This blood collection may be done in combination with other clinical procedures or as an additional needle stick.
  4. If you consent to donate tissue, the tissue sample would be a portion of the tissue normally removed for your care. Tissue removed as part of your care will be examined in the Department of Pathology. The Department of Pathology will determine the amount of tissue needed for your health care. If you consent, tissue in excess of this amount may be released to the BioBank. If you do not consent to donate this tissue, excess tissue will be destroyed.

    We will get some health information from your medical record, examples include test results, medical procedures, images (such as X-rays), and medicines you take. We will use your medical record from time to time to update this information.