Wisconsin researchers awarded $5.3 million for NIH precision medicine research

All of Us Research Program gathering biomedical data from one million people to advance medical treatments and prevention

Sept. 8, 2017 MCW News - The Medical College of Wisconsin, the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health have collectively been awarded $5,360,832 to help implement in Wisconsin the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) All of Us Research Program that aims to benefit communities across the country.

These institutions will partner with BloodCenter of Wisconsin and regional Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to aid in engagement and recruitment of research participants.

The All of Us Research Program is an ambitious nationwide effort to advance research into precision medicine, an approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in biological makeup, environment and lifestyle for each person. The Wisconsin awardees will use their collective resources to enroll interested individuals and gather health information to help researchers understand how these factors can help determine how to best prevent or treat disease. The goal of the NIH All of Us Research Program is to gather health data from more than 1 million people living in the U.S.

The Wisconsin program will represent the collaborative efforts of three fully-integrated regional healthcare systems to form a virtual state-wide integrated delivery network. Together, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, and Medical College of Wisconsin will cover 173 clinics, 13 hospitals and five Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). BloodCenter of Wisconsin will educate and engage its thousands of blood donors for potential involvement in the program.

“I am grateful for the hard work of all the faculty and staff and those of our partners at Marshfield Clinic and University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health that led to this exciting award. This again demonstrates the power of statewide collaboration and between Wisconsin’s two NIH funded CTSA programs, which provided the infrastructure needed for this major effort and will ensure its successful completion,” said Dr. Joseph Kerschner, MCW’s provost and executive vice president and dean of the School of Medicine.

The Medical College of Wisconsin leads an NIH funded regional coalition of academic and clinical institutions, the Clinical Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin, which has been repeatedly cited for its robust community engagement activities. This coalition will facilitate broad participation by all of Milwaukee’s diverse communities. The NIH award represents an opportunity to engage populations that have traditionally been underrepresented in biomedical research.

“BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s involvement in the All of Us Research Program is a continuation and notable reflection of our collaborative efforts with Wisconsin’s scientific and medical community, as we all look to further advance patient care in the future through precision medicine,” said Dr. Gilbert White, executive vice president for research, BloodCenter of Wisconsin.

White added that BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s scientific and medical research discoveries have made tangible contributions to the care of patients since its founding 70 years ago.

To learn more and to sign up for updates, please visit https://www.joinallofus.org/

This initiative has received exposure across the state:

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