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Community Research Program


Help build a healthier future for you, your family and your community and contribute to myocarditis research.

Complete Interest Form

Why are we interested in studying myocarditis?

One disease of interest to the Helix Research Network is myocarditis. Myocarditis is the inflammation of the heart muscle. It may be caused by viral infections, certain drugs and vaccines, or autoimmune diseases. Some cases of myocarditis are diagnosed after COVID-19 infection or after COVID-19 mRNA vaccination. However, the relationship between COVID-19 and myocarditis is not clear. Helix is interested in understanding whether an individual's genes (or DNA) may play a role in the development of myocarditis especially after COVID-19 infection or vaccination. We are reaching out to individuals with myocarditis to participate in the Helix Research Network. The genetic and health information from individuals with myocarditis will help support research that may help us better understand who develops the disease and how to treat it better in the future.

Note: If you choose to enroll, you will not receive any results directly related to your myocarditis

What is the Helix Research Network?

The Helix Research Network (HRN) is a community health research program. This research program is sponsored by Helix, a leading population genomics company. If you choose to participate, you will be asked to provide health information and a sample for DNA sequencing. DNA, or your genetic information, is the code that tells your body how to function. The Helix Research Network aims to help improve access to personalized health care and to support new research discoveries through development of a research database that will store genetic and health information from participants for future use by qualified researchers. Over time, this database will help researchers learn what may cause certain diseases, how to treat them more effectively, and help improve the standard of healthcare for all.

This research program is offered at no cost to you. You do not need insurance to participate. All participants in the Helix Research Network are offered confidential results about their genetic risk three hereditary conditions that can cause certain cancers and heart disease:

  • Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC)
  • Hereditary Colon Cancer (Lynch Syndrome)
  • Hereditary high cholesterol (Familial hypercholesterolemia)

You will also have the opportunity to learn about your ancestry and certain traits like gluten tolerance, caffeine sensitivity and more.

Currently, enrollment in the Helix Research Network directly with Helix is limited to participants with myocarditis.

How to participate

How to participate

If you are interested in joining The Helix Research Network please fill out the Interest Form below.

After you submit the form, these are the next steps to participate:

  1. Complete eligibility and informed consent. You will receive an email from Helix with a link to start the consenting process and to confirm your eligibility. Note: Participants from some medical centers may be asked to complete an additional medical release form to allow us to request some health information from your treating physician. The study team will reach out if this step is applicable to you.
  2. Complete saliva sample collection at home. Helix will send you a saliva collection kit in the mail with a pre-paid return label for you to complete your sample collection at home.
  3. Complete a short participant survey. If you agree to participate by signing the consent form, we may ask you to answer some questions about yourself and your diagnosis by emailing you a link to a survey.

Learn More - Frequently Asked Questions

Who do I contact if I have questions?

For any general questions related to your participation in this study, please contact the study team at or +1 619-357-6584

For questions related to the informed consent process and using the informed consent website (including updates to email and phone number), and for questions related to the shipment of a sample collection kit, or creating or accessing an optional Helix account, please contact Helix customer support by phone, email or by filling out an online request: (844) 430-0468 // // Online Request Form.

Let’s Get Started - Interest Form

Thank you for your interest in the Helix Research Network, a community health research program. Please complete the interest form below to formally register your interest in participation. You will then receive an email invitation with further instructions on how to complete enrollment.

If you have any questions and/or would like to participate without completing the full enrollment information below, please complete the contact information section and a member of the Helix Research Network study team can follow up with you. If you prefer, you may email the study team directly at ( and they will assist you.

Interest Form