UW-Madison is part of a nationwide effort to gather health data from more than 1 million people to help accelerate innovation in health care research.
The mission of All of Us is simple: to speed up health research and medical breakthroughs. In addition, the program is focused on precision medicine, seeking to make health care more personalized with considerations for an individual’s environment, lifestyle and family health history. Researchers will be able to use these data to conduct thousands of studies, which may help them discover and match the right treatment to the right person at the right time.
Led by Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, director, UW-Madison Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE) and Beth Burnside, deputy executive director, UW-Madison Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR), the aim in Wisconsin is to enroll participants who reflect the diversity of the nation, shedding light on health differences based on age, gender, ethnicity and socioeconomics.
“The All of Us Research program is an exciting, unique opportunity for participants to play an active role in modern medicine for the benefit of future generations,” Farrar-Edwards said.
The program seeks anyone, 18 years of age or older, to share their health data and samples of blood and urine to build the largest health database of its kind. Participants receive $25 upon completion.
“We at UW-Madison joined this effort, because we truly want to contribute to health research that could benefit everyone in our community,” Farrar-Edwards said. “All of Us aims to gather healthcare data about more people in our nation to better tailor treatment for individuals, their communities and beyond.”