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By: Paige Minemyer
The National Institutes of Health has set a start date for the full launch of its All of Us precision medicine research project.
NIH announced that nationwide enrollment in All of Us will begin on May 6 with launch events to be hosted in seven cities: New York City, Chicago, Birmingham, Alabama, Detroit, Kansas City, Kansas, Nashville and Pasco, Washington.
All of Us seeks to enroll more than 1 million volunteers over the next 5 to 6 years as one of the “most ambitious” research efforts in the country, said Francis Collins, M.D., director of NIH, at a press briefing Tuesday. “Imagine the research we could enable,” he said, with access to “one of the largest and most diverse cohorts” ever made available.
About 25,000 people fully enrolled in the program during its beta phase, which launched last summer.
The program intends to “oversample” in underrepresented communities to build a diverse pool of genomic data for precision medicine.
Eric Dishman, director of the program, said during the briefing that the enrollment process is simple and much can be done in one sitting. Participants agree to release their electronic medical record data to the program, and then take a series of health surveys to fill in additional information.
Participants then visit a clinic for a quick physical to gather height, weight, and blood and urine samples, Dishman said.
Cybersecurity has been a crucial element of discussion in building All of Us, Dishman said. The data is cloud-based, and researchers must come to it to use it, and will not able to copy it to other storage. In addition to controlling access, Dishman said that the program’s team has plans in place to address a breach should one occur.
The program is planning to make its first clean data sets available to researchers in