Your ethnicity information is important for research because it can affect how you react to drugs, the risk and progression of disease, and many other factors related to your health. By providing information on your ethnicity, researchers will be able to incorporate this information into their study designs.
To ensure your privacy, your ethnic information will be linked to the unique codes of your genomic and health data, and not to your personal information, so that a researcher will know the ethnicity of the person who provided the data but not who you are.
We understand that your ethnicity can be very complex based on your family background. That is why we ask you to tell us the ethnicity you most identify with. If you have taken an ancestry test, and believe the results based on discussions with your family, you can also use that to help provide your answer.
The ethnic categories provided are based on the list defined by the National Health Institute for research purposes.