What does participating involve

People are free to make the decision to participate in the GCAT Project: participation is voluntary and without payment.  Volunteers are motivated to help advance scientific discovery and contribute to better medical practices for future generations.

The GCAT Project requires access to the medical data and biological samples of volunteers to enable scientists to carry out studies and reach conclusions that will improve the diagnosis of illnesses, the prediction of individuals' responses to treatments and ultimately more efficient treatments.

Initially the GCAT will collect information related to the current state of health, lifestyle habits (diet, exercise, tobacco, alcohol, work etc.), medical history and family health history, conditions specific to men and women and medication.  It will also record simple measurements (weight, height, blood pressure, waist and hip measurements).  Finally it requires a small blood sample.

Collaborating with the GCAT requires granting explicit permission for those responsible for the project to follow your state of health over the coming years in two ways:  firstly directly through occasional updates on health and habits and secondly indirectly through following electronic health records.  This is within the strict requirements of the Spanish data protection law and guarantees confidentiality.  The data will be held by the PMPPC-IGTP and will be used for biomedical research.