Learn about your attitudes towards pertinent and incidental findings in whole genome sequencing research!

Genetic analyses of DNA now reveal more about a research subject than ever before - including past, present and future health.

When people today agree to participate in a whole genome sequencing study, their entire genomes are examined in order to identify all genetic variants associated with the disorder of interest. These findings are the pertinent findings. But in addition, the researchers may uncover increased risks of other disorders, e.g. breast cancer or Alzheimer’s – the incidental findings. It is not standard practice to share all this information with the research subject - but should it be?

Perhaps you were one of the researchers in iPSYCH who participated in our small survey conducted at the iPSYCH Annual Meeting 2014?

We wanted to evaluate attitudes towards pertinent and incidental findings from whole genome sequencing studies among members of iPSYCH. You are all individuals actively involved in genetic research on human subjects. The objective of our survey was to explore your attitudes towards: i) sharing pertinent findings from whole genome studies, and (ii) sharing incidental findings from whole genome studies.

Further information

PhD student Anna Sundby, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, anna.sundby@regionh.dk