Research Consent Document

Consent Document - Key Points

Wellness by Science™ aims to make and support scientific discoveries and publish those discoveries in scientific journals.  We invite you to take part in this project, which we call Wellness by Science™ DiabetesGenomics.org. To get started you must agree to the terms in our full consent document (below). Here are key points of that document:

 

How do I take part in Wellness by Science™ Research?

  • Take surveys or otherwise enter information about yourself into the Wellness by Science™ website. You choose which surveys to take and which questions to answer.

Can my child take part in Wellness by Science™ Research?

  • Your child may take part in Wellness by Science™ Research if he or she gives consent to participate and a parent or legal guardian authorizes Wellness by Science™ to use his or her Genetic & Self-Reported Information for research.
  • Here are some talking points to help you discuss Wellness by Science™ Research with your child.

Which of my personal information is used for research?

  • Your genetic data and any other personal information you enter into the website, except for your Registration Information (name, contact information, and credit card information), may be analyzed in the research.
  • Your name and contact information may be used to communicate with you but are not analyzed in combination with your genetic and other personal information.

Who gets to see my personal information?

  • Wellness by Science™'s privacy statement outlines who does and does not get access to the personal information of Wellness by Science™ customers.
  • Within Wellness by Science™:Wellness by Science™ researchers who conduct analyses will have access to your genetic and other personal information, but not to your name, contact, or credit card information. Wellness by Science™ researchers who contact you will have access to names and contact information, but only to very limited genetic or other personal information.
  • Outside of Wellness by Science™:Wellness by Science™ may share some data with external research partners and in scientific publications. These data will be summarized across enough customers to minimize the chance that your personal information will be exposed. Wellness by Science™ may need to share the information with other agencies as required by law.

How will I benefit from this research?

  • By taking surveys you may learn about Wellness by Science™'s research findings, including how your answers compare with those of others and new discoveries made by Wellness by Science™'s research program.
  • Sometime in the future you or your family may benefit indirectly from research discoveries made by Wellness by Science™ or its research partners.

What are the risks of taking part in this research?

  • There is a very small chance that someone with access to the research data or results could expose personal information about you. Wellness by Science™ has policies and practices in place to minimize the chance of such an event.

Can I stop taking part in Wellness by Science™ Research?

  • Yes, you can withdraw from Wellness by Science™ Research at any time. Any of your data that have already been entered into a study cannot be withdrawn, but your data will not be included in studies that start more than 30 days after you withdraw (it may take up to 30 days to withdraw your information after you withdraw your consent).

Full Consent Document

One of Wellness by Science™'s missions is to make and support meaningful scientific discoveries by enabling its customers to participate directly in research.  Wellness by Science™ will enroll hundreds of thousands of participants from among its customers in this project, which we call Wellness by Science™ DiabetesGenomics.org.  Specifically, Wellness by Science™ Research refers to research aimed at publication in peer-reviewed journals and research funded by the federal government (such as the National Institutes of Health - NIH). The Wellness by Science™ Research study, which has yielded over a dozen scientific articles, aims to:

  • Discover genetic factors behind diseases and traits.
  • Uncover connections among diseases and traits.
  • Learn about human migration and population history through genetics.
  • Understand how people react to their personal genetic information.

For further details on Wellness by Science™'s other uses of personal information, see our Privacy Statement.

Wellness by Science™ seeks your voluntary participation in Wellness by Science™ DiabetesGenomics.org.

This document explains:

  1. What you are agreeing to if you consent.
  2. How you can participate.
  3. How your data will be used.
  4. How we protect your data and keep it private.
  5. The benefits and risks of participation.
  6. Your options and how to withdraw.
  7. Who to contact if you have questions.
  8. What am I agreeing to if I consent?

Giving consent by checking the appropriate box below means that you agree to let Wellness by Science™ researchers use your Genetic, and/or Self-Reported Information for Wellness by Science™ DiabetesGenomics.org, as described above. "Genetic, and/or Self-Reported Information" refers to:

  • Your genetic data
  • Information you enter into surveys, forms and other features labeled with the Wellness by Science™ logo or 
  • Data you authorize us to collect or import, including health, activity, nutritional, and/or any information we collect at all
  • Your age and ethnicity

Self-Reported Information includes any information you submitted prior to giving consent. If you have elected to have your saliva sample stored, we may also use the results of further analysis of your sample in Wellness by Science™ DiabetesGenomics.org. Your Genetic, and/or Self-Reported Information does not include identifying Registration Information you provided when you purchased the Personal Genome Service or created an account (such as name, address, email address, user ID, password, or credit card information).

  1. How do I participate?

Participation consists of (1) allowing Wellness by Science™ researchers to use your Genetic, and/or Self-Reported Information for Wellness by Science™ Research, and (2) entering data about yourself into Wellness by Science™ DiabetesGenomics.org features on the Wellness by Science™ website.  These features include surveys, individual questions, and other features where you enter information.  If you do not feel comfortable providing a piece of information, you may choose not to answer that question.  You may choose to take all, some, or none of the surveys.

The Wellness by Science™ DiabetesGenomics.org study is open-ended: new surveys and features may be added on a continuing basis.  If new surveys or features are added, you may receive an email update or see an announcement when you sign in to your account.  We might invite you to participate in a specific study if your Genetic, and/or Self-Reported Information matches the area of interest.

For your participation, monetary, cash equivalents such as gift certificates or discounts on future Wellness by Science™ service purchases, or charitable donations (up to a value of $30 per half hour of expected time) may be provided as compensation for your time.

Your participation in the Wellness by Science™ DiabetesGenomics.org study is completely voluntary.

  1. How will my data be used in Wellness by Science™ DiabetesGenomics.org?

Your Genetic, and/or Self-Reported Information may be used to discover links between genetic markers, non-genetic markers, traits, diseases, behaviors and other characteristics; to study human migrations and population history; or to assess how people respond to personal genetic information.  Discoveries made as a result of this research could be used to understand the basic causes of disease, develop supplements or other treatments and/or preventive measures, or predict a person's risk of disease.  The topics to be studied span a wide range of traits and conditions, from common to rare.  The topics include simple traits such as hair color or freckles, serious diseases such as obesity or Type 2 Diabetes, and less serious conditions such as migraine headaches or response to over-the-counter drugs. Some of these studies may be sponsored by or conducted on behalf of third parties, such as non-profit foundations, academic institutions or pharmaceutical companies.

This study may cover potentially sensitive topics such as sexual orientation, illicit drug use or other illegal behavior, or HIV/AIDS status.  When Wellness by Science™ conducts studies on such sensitive topics, you may be provided additional information to help you decide whether you want to participate in research on these topics.

  1. How do you keep my data protected and private (whether or not I consent)?

Wellness by Science™'s Privacy Statement outlines how the company protects your privacy while conducting business, such as providing our services to you. Wellness by Science™ uses a range of physical, technical, and administrative procedures to protect the privacy of your personal information, including your genetic data and your survey responses.

If you agree to this Consent Document, Wellness by Science™ can use your information in additional ways.  Specifically, Wellness by Science™ researchers can use your data for research that will be published in scientific journals, or that is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and certain other organizations both nationally and internationally.

Just as Wellness by Science™ aims to minimize the chances of a privacy breach while conducting its business, Wellness by Science™ researchers aim to minimize the chances of a privacy breach while conducting research. Here are the main ways we do that:

  • The Wellness by Science™ researchers who conduct the statistical analyses do not have access to Registration Information (name, address, email address, user ID, password, or credit card) of customers
  • Wellness by Science™ researchers who interact with research participants and conduct interviews have access to names and contact information of participants, but only to very limited genetic and other personal information
  • To minimize the chance that an external person can determine that any particular customer is part of a study, Wellness by Science™ researchers either
    • publish only data pooled across multiple customers or
    • publish only very limited, non-identifying information of a single individual
  • All Wellness by Science™ employees are trained on how to work with human research participants. In addition, all Wellness by Science™ researchers are trained on how to conduct research responsibly.

In addition, Wellness by Science™ may obtain a Certificate of Confidentiality from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  In some cases, if an external party demands access to customer data, Wellness by Science™ can exclude from release the data of customers who have consented to research.

The Certificate of Confidentiality cannot be used to resist a demand for information from personnel of the United States Government that is to be used for auditing or evaluation of federally funded projects or for information that must be disclosed in order to meet the requirements of NIH or the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The NIH and IRB have the right to audit this study's data, including information that identifies you.

  1. What are the benefits and risks of participation?

Benefits:

One of Wellness by Science™'s missions is to make meaningful scientific contributions by enabling its customers to participate directly in genetic research.  If Wellness by Science™ publishes study results in peer-reviewed journals, there may be an indirect benefit to you as scientific knowledge increases and/or new supplements, treatments, drugs or tests are developed.

You may also have the opportunity to acquire one or more of the following, in return for some level of participation in the research:

  • Comparison of your personal survey responses to those of all responders, additional information about genetics, genetic research or the Wellness by Science™ study, and/or preliminary research findings
  • There may be additional benefits to participation that are currently unforeseeable.

Based on the results of this study, Wellness by Science™ may develop intellectual property, including but not limited to patents, copyrights and trademarks, and/or Wellness by Science™ may commercialize products or services, directly or indirectly. In such cases you will not receive any compensation.

Risks:

There are some potential risks to participating in the Wellness by Science™ DiabetesGenomics.org study, as described below.

  • Some survey questions or data comparisons may make you or your family members uncomfortable.
  • Your genetic data, survey responses, and/or personally identifying information may be stolen in the event of a security breach. In the event of such a breach, if your data are associated with your identity, they may be made public or released to insurance companies, which could have a negative effect on your ability to obtain insurance coverage.  In addition, if you or a family member has genetic data linked to your name or your family member's name in a public database, someone who has access to your Wellness by Science™ genetic data might be able to link that data to your name or your family member's name through the publicly available genetic data. Although Wellness by Science™ cannot provide a 100% guarantee that your data will be safe, Wellness by Science™ has strong policies and procedures in place to minimize the possibility of a breach.
  • When Wellness by Science™ researchers publish results from this ongoing study, they may include your Genetic & Self-Reported Information but only as part of a summary across enough people to minimize the chance that your personal information will be exposed. Identification of your individual-level data from those summaries would be extremely difficult, but it is possible that a third party that has obtained some of your genetic data could compare that partial data to the published results and infer some of your other personal information.
  • As with any online service, if you disclose your account password to others, they may be able to access your account and your Genetic, and/or Self-Reported Information.
  • There may be additional risks to participation that are currently unforeseeable.

None of the surveys or other procedures used by the researchers in the Wellness by Science™ DiabetesGenomics.org study is invasive or experimental.  The procedures involved do not involve more than the minimal risks described above.

  1. Do I have any alternatives? Can I withdraw from this study?

Your alternative is not to participate in the Wellness by Science™ DiabetesGenomics.org study.  If you choose not to give consent for Wellness by Science™ DiabetesGenomics.org, your Genetic, and/or Self-Reported Information may still be used for other purposes, as described in our Privacy Statement.  If you do give consent to participate in this study, you may choose not to take Wellness by Science™ DiabetesGenomics.org surveys or use other Wellness by Science™ DiabetesGenomics.org features.

At any time, you may choose to change your consent status to either take part in Wellness by Science™ DiabetesGenomics.org or to withdraw all or some of your Genetic & Self-Reported Information from Wellness by Science™ DiabetesGenomics.org. Your consent status is located in the Wellness by Science™ "Settings" page (if you experience problems changing your consent status, write to the Human Protections Administrator at hpa@wbslabs.com). If you withdraw all or some of your Genetic, and/or Self-Reported Information, Wellness by Science™ will prevent that information from being used in new Wellness by Science™ Research initiated after 30 days from receipt of your request (it may take up to 30 days to withdraw your information after you withdraw your consent).  Any research on your data that has been performed or published prior to this date will not be reversed, undone, or withdrawn.

Choosing not to give consent or withdrawing from Wellness by Science™ DiabetesGenomics.org will not affect your access to your Genetic Information or to the Personal Genome Service.

You may also discontinue participation by closing your Personal Genome Service account, as described in the Terms of Service. Requests for account closure must be made in writing to Wellness by Science™'s business address or via Customer Care.

In addition, the Wellness by Science™ DiabetesGenomics.org study may be terminated without your consent.  In the following cases, Wellness by Science™ will maintain your Genetic, and/or Self-Reported Information according to the terms of our Privacy Statement.

  1. Transfer of ownership. If Wellness by Science™ undergoes a business transition such as an acquisition or merger, the Wellness by Science™ Research study may be terminated. In such case, your information would remain subject to the promises made in any pre-existing Privacy Statement.
  2. Termination of service. Wellness by Science™ may terminate your access to the Personal Genome Service for any of the five reasons described in the Terms of Service. If your access to the Personal Genome Service is terminated for any of these reasons, your participation in the Wellness by Science™ org study may also be terminated.
  3. Who do I contact if I have questions?

If you have general questions and need help with Wellness by Science™'s service, please contact:

  • Wellness by Science™ Customer Care
  • 1-305-878-3300 (9 AM-12 PM, 1-4 PM, Eastern Standard Time)

If you have any questions or concerns about the Wellness by Science™ DiabetesGenomics.org study, if you suffer a research-related injury, or if you have a question about subjects' rights, please contact the following:

  • Wellness by Science™ Human Protections Administrator
  • Email: hpa@wbslabs.com
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