NIH Makes Advances in Precision Medicine Initiative Patient Recruitment

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is lauding some successes in the early stages of its ambitious Precision Medicine Initiative, which is designed to leverage advances in genomics, in emerging methods for managing and analyzing large datasets while protecting privacy, and in health information technology to accelerate biomedical discoveries.

As part of the initiative, NIH’s “All of Us” campaign has enrolled more than 40,000 participants since its launch in May. These individuals have shared health information as well as genetic samples.

Ultimately, All of Us will engage 1 million or more volunteers living in the U.S. to contribute their health data over many years to improve health outcomes, fuel the development of new treatments for disease, and catalyze a new era of evidence-based and more precise preventive care and medical treatment.

The next step is outreach to more than a dozen regions identified as those where new patient engagement is particularly important. All of Us has scheduled recruitment events in the following cities between July and November this year, including:

  • Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Baltimore, Md.
  • Baton Rouge, La.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Houston, Texas
  • Las Cruces, N.M.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Raleigh, N.C.
  • Sacramento, Calif.
  • San Diego, Calif.
  • Seattle, Wash.
  • Washington, D.C.

All of Us participants are asked to share various kinds of information over time, including the answers to questions about overall health, family, home, and work. If available, participants are also asked to share their electronic health records. Those enrolled may further be asked to go to a local clinic or drug store for a free appointment, where All of Us staff will measure weight, height, hips, and waist, as well as blood pressure and heart rate. Participants might also be asked to provide samples (e.g., blood or urine) at the appointment. Participants are able to choose how frequently they are contacted.

Author: Michael Causey