As a member of the Community Engaged Network for All’s (CENA) Patient-Powered Research Network (PPRN), Celiac Disease Foundation is pleased to support the Genetic Alliance study on Risks & Benefits of Medical Devices for Weight Loss.

The Genetic Alliance is conducting a study to explore new ways of sharing your opinions on risks and benefits. It matters because your words could influence how decision makers develop new treatments. The ask? Please take a short survey if you’re eligible, or share the survey with your network if you’re not.

We’re focusing specifically on medical devices for weight loss. Anyone with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more can join. By sharing your opinion – or by asking your friends and family to share theirs – you are helping change the future medical landscape.

Take the survey here. Your experience matters. Help us spread the word!

About the study:

Everyone has different ideas about the risks and benefits they want to accept from a new medical device or drug. Device and drug companies must consider these risks and benefits when doing their research and undergoing Food and Drug Administration oversight. However, it is often difficult for people to share their opinions with these companies and agencies.

Genetic Alliance wants to understand if we can give people a way to more easily share those opinions. Our study, which focuses specifically on medical devices for weight loss, will explore new ways to create these opportunities. We ask participants to share their thoughts about risks and benefits for weight loss devices by taking a short survey, so we can inform the decision makers who approve new treatments and devices, together.

Who should participate?

Individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. Not sure what your BMI is? Try using this calculator.

What does the study involve?

This study involves a short online survey that will take you about 20 minutes to complete. You will be asked a few questions about your background, your experience with weight loss, and your perception of the risks and benefits of a hypothetical new medical device. You can also tell us about other things that are important to you that we did not think to ask. Please start now:

Who will see the information I share in this study?

Only those you allow will see your information. This survey is hosted on Genetic Alliance’s Platform for Engaging Everyone Responsibly (PEER). PEER allows you to control access to your information – find out more by watching this video.

What is Genetic Alliance?

Genetic Alliance is a nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1986. Our mission is to empower individuals, families, and communities to take charge of their own health and to transform the healthcare and health research systems.

Who can I contact if I want to speak to a person about this?

You can contact Sharon Terry [email protected]> or Katherine Lambertson [email protected], study co-investigators.

Does this study have Institutional Review Board approval?

This study was approved by the Genetic Alliance Institutional Review Board (#PEER001) on September 3, 2015.

Please consider participating today!