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The All of Us Anthem

Posted on by Dr. Francis Collins

All of Us is more than just a medical research program. It’s a celebration of the American spirit in all its diversity and capacity to generate positive change.  As this video states, “We are one nation, one people. When called upon to give from within, we come together.” Coming together 1 million people strong, we can build the foundation for a future of precision medicine.

Here’s how you can volunteer to help NIH to create this exciting future. Go to the All of Us website, click the “Join Now” button, and follow the three easy steps. First, create an account. It’s free and takes just a minute or two. Next, complete the enrollment and consent forms. That usually takes 30 minutes or less. Then, complete some baseline surveys and find out what to do next.

If you would like to learn more about NIH’s All of Us Research Program, join me and other leaders for a Twitter chat hosted by @NIH today at 1:00 pm ET. We’ll be providing information about the program and answering questions using #JoinAllofUs. Thank you!

Bold Blueprint for Precision Medicine Initiative’s Research Cohort

Posted on by Dr. Francis Collins

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Caption: #PMINetwork Twitter chat with @NIHDirector Francis Collins, NIH Media Branch’s @RenateMyles, and, in background, PMI Cohort Program Acting Director @NCCIH_Josie Briggs.
Credit: @KathyHudsonNIH

Readers of this blog know how excited I am about the potential of precision medicine for revolutionizing efforts to treat disease and improve human health. So, it stands to reason that I’m delighted by the positive reactions of researchers, health professionals, and the public to a much-anticipated report from the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director. Topping the report’s list of visionary recommendations? Build a national research cohort of 1 million or more Americans over the next three to four years to expand knowledge and practice of precision medicine.

When the President announced PMI during his 2015 State of the Union address, he envisioned a precise new era in medicine in which every patient receives the right treatment at the right time—an era in which health care professionals have the resources at hand to take into account individual differences in genes, environments, and lifestyles that contribute to disease. To achieve this, PMI’s national research cohort would tap into recent advances in science, technology, and research participation policies to build the knowledge base needed to develop individualized care for all diseases and conditions.