June 2018

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Join With NIH to Personalize Medicine

NIH wants to speed up research and improve health. That’s why we’re asking adults to join the All of Us Research Program.

We hope that 1 million or more people nationwide will share their health information with the program. This will help researchers gather data that reflects the country’s diversity.

All of Us aims to build a resource to help discover how to stay healthy and manage disease in more personalized ways. The goal is to understand why some people get sick and others stay healthy, and to learn why some treatments don’t always work for everyone.

Having data from a large, diverse group of people could help researchers discover better ways to prevent, treat, and cure disease. It may help them develop new tests to detect illnesses, new treatments, and better ways of using ones we already have.

If you join, you’ll be asked to answer survey questions and to provide your electronic health records. Personal information will be removed from all data, and any samples you provide will be stored securely. You’ll have access to study information and data about yourself, and can choose how much to receive.

“The All of Us Research Program is an opportunity for individuals from all walks of life to be represented in research and pioneer the next era of medicine,” says NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins.

Please visit the All of Us website to learn more about the program and how to join.

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