UF is one of 25 institutions involved in the National Institutes of Health All of Us Research Program, an effort to advance research and precision medicine.
The All of Us Research Program strives to speed up health research and medical breakthroughs. Program leaders are asking 1 million people to participate and provide information that will help create individualized prevention, treatment and care for the population. UF hopes to enroll 20,000 participants during the next five years.
UF will recruit participants through the program’s SouthEast Enrollment Center network, led by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The network also includes Emory University and the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. The network’s $4.5 million funding award will extend geographic coverage and strengthen its reach within underserved communities, including lower income, Hispanic and Latino, African American, Native American and rural communities.
“This is an unprecedented national adventure where we are asking 1 million people, as volunteers, to help us understand what keeps people healthy, and how can we best manage illness if it happens,” said Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institutes of Health.
Researchers plan to collect data through surveys and shared electronic health data. They will use findings on a variety of health conditions to learn more about the impact of individual differences in lifestyle, environment and biological makeup.
“I’m concerned about the long-term health of future generations,” said David R. Nelson, M.D., interim senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of UF Health. “This is the first generation in our history of mankind that there are predictions that our kids will not outlive their parents because of some of the major diseases threatening the U.S.”
Visit joinallofus.org to learn more about this historic effort.