Sunday, April 6, 2008
So today I want to ask all of you a question. Is there a conflict of interests if I participate in the Delaware Valley Personalized Medicine Project and sit on its Informed Cohort Board? I have been giving this some thought lately....
This is a wonderful project with some very secure privacy measures akin to Swiss Banking. Unlike other Direct To Consumer projects this is Funded. Unlike others we will be evaluating on a rolling basis and releasing data that is reviewed by our board. I would love to participate.
So I ask.....would it be a conflict if I reviewed the data AND had submitted a sample?
If I paid for the 23andME or deCodeMe would I have reviewed my OWN data. You are damned right I would. So what makes this different? I would be reviewing and commenting on others' data too. The important point is that we only release medically actionable information after we have discussed it. So in essence I would be blinded to my data until after we had reviewed the studies.
I ask....."What do you think?"