All of Us Research Program brings medical studies to Fort

All of Us Research Program brings medical studies to Fort

By Henry Redman, Daily Jefferson County Union

In his 2015 State of the Union address, then-President Barack Obama called for a new initiative to better track, study and treat American health issues.

“I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine — one that delivers the right treatment at the right time,” Obama said. “So tonight, I’m launching a new Precision Medicine Initiative to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes, and to give all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier. We can do this.”

Four years later, the proposal given to Congress has become the All of Us Research Program.

The program is run by the National Institutes of Health with the goal of gathering the medical data of one million people “to accelerate research and improve health.”

In order to reach such a large number of people, the NIH has partnered with a number of academic and medical institutions around the country, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Part of a consortium that includes Marshfield Clinic, the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin, UW Health serves as a key partner, assisting with outreach and enrollment efforts in south central Wisconsin.

All of Us Wisconsin is aiming to reach a wide variety of people across the state, which is why it’s made shop at the UW Health’s Fort Atkinson clinic. Read more …

Photo: UW Health