Understanding Genetic Incidental Findings in Your Family


About this study

Currently, there is no clear legal or ethical guidance about how researchers and IRBs ought to proceed when the research participant in a biobank is deceased and there is clinically relevant information that could be disclosed to family members. This study is designed to test a procedure offering genetic information to family members of research participants who participated in a pancreatic cancer biobank in a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) -compliant design.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Family members and others authorized to receive health information of participants enrolled under Institutional Review Board (IRB) #354-06 and #355-06 who carry germline mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2.

  • Mentally competent and able to provide informed consent
  • Able to understand and read English

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Gloria Petersen, Ph.D.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Bridget Rathbun CCRP



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