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VIOME RESEARCH

The goal of Viome is to improve our ability to make personalized diet, lifestyle and nutritional recommendations. At Viome, we believe there is no universal diet that works for everyone. We seek personalized information for nutrition and lifestyle solutions.

WHAT IS THE STUDY?

Our study will analyze physical and molecular data in order to increase the understanding of how these parameters are associated with nutrition and overall wellness.

There is already a large body of research that recognizes the relationship between nutrition, lifestyle, and general wellness. There is also a large amount of recent research that links the gut microbiome to overall wellness. In addition, it is well-known that people are different, and various diets and exercises will have different effects on different people.

Through this research study, Viome wants to understand the details of the changes that happen in an individual’s body and microbiome so that we can make diet and lifestyle recommendations that are specific for a specific individual.

WHY PARTICIPATE IN THIS STUDY?

Viome needs your help to establish which foods correspond to your increased wellness and which foods correspond to your decreased wellness and, at the same time, understand what is happening in your body and microbiome. You will also receive personalized diet and lifestyle recommendations that are initially consistent with general dietary guidelines, but will become more personalized over time.

HOW DO I ENROLL IN THIS STUDY?

You enroll in this study by becoming a Viome customer and signing up on this website. You can choose to submit samples two, four, or twelve times a year. A collection kit will be sent to you, and you will be able to download the Viome app. The app is where you can keep track of your diet and lifestyle data and also where you will receive your results and recommendations. Over time it will make personalized diet and lifestyle recommendations.

WHAT DOES IT COST?

The yearly cost will vary depending on how many samples you choose to submit and how often, but will never be more than $1000 USD per set of tests. The up to date costs can be found here. You may choose to leave the study at any time.

CONSENT

You can view and download the consent form here. Viome is doing this study under approval of an Institutional Review Board (IRB). This is meant to protect you and so it is important to read the consent form and understand the possible benefits and risks of participating in this study prior to signing the consent form. If you have any questions about this study you may contact Viome at any time at consent [at] viome [dot] com. You may receive a paper copy of the consent form with your first collection kit, or the form and signature may be electronic. Prior to becoming a participant in this study, a signed consent form is required.

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