The goal is to give researchers data to use in figuring out the causes of disease. If all goes to plan, qualified researchers should be able to start using the data next year.
by Ray Gronberg, The Herald-Sun, Durham, N.C. / May 25, 2017
(TNS) — DURHAM, N.C. — National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins opened a “precision medicine” conference at Duke University on Wednesday by briefing participants about an upcoming long-term effort to gather health data from 1 million or more people. The “All of Us” project is one of a growing number of large-scale “cohort” studies that seek to track the health over time of people by the hundreds of thousands, to give researchers data to use in figuring out the causes of disease. What’ll set the NIH-orchestrated effort apart from the others, Collins said, is that its organizers want to make a point of assembling a “very diverse” group of participants and to “collect data about environmental exposures” that can trigger changes in the human body.
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