In partnership with Helix, a personal genomics company, we are launching a groundbreaking project – WholeMe, the first study of its kind in Florida.
Participants will learn about traits that may impact their daily life, such as lactose tolerance, caffeine metabolism and sweet tooth. The DNA will also be evaluated for the genes linked to familial hypercholesterolemia, known as FH – a genetic condition that causes high cholesterol. If left untreated, it can lead to a heart attack, even in young adults.Individuals identified with FH will complete a confirmatory blood test and one session with a genetic counselor. In addition, they will be connected with one of our cardiologists to take preventive measures to benefit their health.
Our researchers hope to show how genomics can be successfully integrated into health care to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases and empower consumers with potential life-saving information about their health.