The Universal Consent was developed by the UCLA CTSI’s Embedded Clinical Research and Innovation Unit (ECRI) to ensure that all UCLA Health patients have an opportunity to tell us whether they want blood from leftover lab tests used for research. It is important for patients to let us know how they want their de-identified (no identifying information) biological samples (blood, saliva, skin, leftover specimens) and clinical data used for a variety of research purposes. UCLA is also using the Universal Consent as the primary recruitment engine for the UCLA ATLAS Community Health Initiative. Before signing the consent, our participants view a short video outlining the goal of the initiative and document their choice.
You can be a part of this exciting research effort by allowing UCLA to use some of your left-over biological samples (blood, saliva) from some of your lab tests. In some cases when you have an IV placed, we may ask whether we can collect an extra tube of blood or saliva. Together, these will provide researchers with the information they need to advance science and the field of precision medicine.
You can notify UCLA whether you want some of your leftover samples used for research (opt-in or opt-out) by completing the UCLA Universal Consent Process. It is a one-time process, which can be completed at participating clinical locations where the ipad video consent is available. Please follow this link for a list of those locations:
We have translated the universal video consent into the following languages to ensure that all patients understand the propose of the consent: Spanish, Farsi, Arabic, Mandarin, and Korean. Sharing your biological samples with UCLA can help us develop unique treatments for every patient. If you have questions, please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions or contact ECRI at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-794-0981.
Don’t forget to complete the consent for biological samples on the iPad before you leave the office.
Please complete the consent and let UCLA Health know ('yes or no') if you would like to share your biological samples to advance science and medicine.
You will need your medical record number to complete the consent.
“UCLA has the people power required to manipulate complex data. We know how to deal with large datasets relevant to health care and are training the next generation through graduate programs in bioinformatics and genomic research. Physicians used to make decisions based on 5 or 6 data points, but now our goal is to help them make them based on 1000s. We have the infrastructure and workforce to do that.”Steven M. Dubinett, MD