How It Works
There are three steps you can take to join the Mass General Brigham Biobank. Please keep in mind that taking part in this research study is completely your choice. Your decision to join this study will not affect your ability to get clinical care in any way.
By joining, you can help us better understand diseases that affect you as well as future generations.
In order to join the Mass General Brigham Biobank, please click the button below to read our consent form and linked information. You can then follow the simple instructions to provide your consent electronically on this web site. If you prefer, you can also contact us to schedule a time to meet with one of our Research Coordinators at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, McLean Hospital, or Spaulding Rehabilitation Network.
When you provide your consent to join the Mass General Brigham Biobank, you agree to provide a blood sample linked with your electronic medical record. You also agree to be re-contacted by Mass General Brigham Biobank staff in the future.Read the Consent Form
Take Health Information Survey
The Health Information Survey is a short questionnaire that should take about 5-10 minutes. The survey provides researchers with information that will help them understand how lifestyle, environment and family history contribute to disease. You may skip any questions you do not want to answer. Your responses will not change your medical care in any way. For example, the questionnaire will ask you about:
- Whether you smoke cigarettes or how much you exercise.
- The environment in which you live and work (for example, your exposure to the sun and what type of job you have).
- Your family history (for example, whether your parents have diabetes or cancer).
Contribute Blood Sample
Once you have provided your consent to the most recent Biobank consent form, there is nothing more that you need to do! In the future we may collect blood samples from you while you are having blood drawn for clinical care at many Mass General Brigham hospitals or clinics. We may also use what is left over from your clinical blood draw.
The Biobank is a long-term study, and your blood sample will help researchers whether it is collected now or in the future.
By participating, you can help us better understand, treat, and even prevent the diseases that might affect your health and the health of future generations. With more participants like you, researchers can study the unique contribution of our genes, lifestyle, and family history to human disease.
Your privacy is very important. The Mass General Biobank Biobank has implemented many safeguards to protect your privacy.
The purpose of the Mass General Brigham Biobank is to accelerate the pace of medical discovery. You can help the initiative by joining in this study.