The “All of Us” Research Program, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Precision Medicine Initiative, seeks to collect lifestyle, environmental and biological data from one million or more people living in the United States. This data will serve as a resource to enable researchers to investigate the roles of environmental exposure, lifestyle and genetic factors in disease risk, individual responses to medication and other health issues.
The Philadelphia region is particularly important because it includes a high proportion of African American, Latino, urban, and lower socioeconomic groups that have been historically underrepresented in biomedical research. Temple University has agreed to partner with the University of Pittsburgh in its goal to enroll more than 110,000 participants across Pennsylvania. Temple also serves as a point institution for Southern New Jersey and Delaware.
Participants will answer surveys about their health, lifestyle and environment and be asked to contribute physical measurements, blood and urine samples, and medical information. The program is expected to continue for at least 10 years. Greatest benefit will derive from long-term involvement, but such continued participation will remain voluntary.
More information regarding the program and how to participate is available at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-777-8268. Please note that while RowanSOM is pleased to provide this announcement about the program, all inquiries should be directed to Temple.