If you’ve received a brochure in the mail prior to your health care appointment, your doctor’s office at Penn State Hershey is part of the Institute for Personalized Medicine Biorepository consent process. During your visit, a member of our team may approach you and talk about your potential involvement in the program: developing a resource for Penn State Hershey scientists – and your doctors. You may ask our team member any questions you may have before agreeing to participate.
When you participate, you are agreeing to donate extra blood when you are already having blood drawn during your care, and, if you have surgery or a medical procedure, donate leftover tissue, fluid, or cells that would otherwise be discarded. These donations will be used by our scientists to study not only health problems that you may be being treated for, but also other disorders and normal health processes. It does not require any additional procedures or visits from you.
You do not have to participate, and you may withdraw at any time if you decide to after donation.