Temple University has joined the National Institutes of Health and the University of Pittsburgh in the nationwide precision medicine effort “All of Us.” This innovative program represents a momentous effort to advance individualized prevention, treatment, and care for people of all backgrounds. 

Temple will collaborate and combine resources with “All of Us Pennsylvania” in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh, expanding the recruitment participation to the populous Philadelphia metropolitan region. Given the massive study’s emphasis placed on serving the underrepresented, including minority groups, the participation of Temple will support this effort with its location in West Philadelphia. To learn more visit this website.

The Study

The goal of the “All of Us” program is to recruit one million participants nationwide, particularly from underrepresented communities, making the program the largest, most diverse study efforts of its kind. Volunteers will join more than 220,000 participants from across America who have already enrolled in All of Us. People 18 years old and up can participate.

All of Us involves more than 100 organizations throughout the U.S. as partners in the program.

Precision Medicine Focus

Precision medicine is an emerging approach to disease treatment and prevention that considers differences in individual’s lifestyles, environments and biological makeup, including genes. By partnering with one million diverse people who share information about themselves over many years, the All of Us Research Program will enable research to more precisely prevent and treat a variety of health condition.

A New Participant to Study Model

All of Us seeks to transform the relationship between researchers and participants, bringing them together as partners to inform the program’s direction, goals and responsible return of research information. Engaging, participants can access their own health information and data generated in the study

Genetic Database & Data Collection Process

With one million Americans engaged and contributing, the study is creating what in fact will become the largest health research database in the U.S. to advance precision medicine. Designed to map relationships between genetics and disease causes and treatments, it represents a rich trove of data that will be usable well into the future.

Participants share a variety of health and lifestyle information, via an online survey and electronic health records (EHR), which continue to be collected over the course of the program. Participants are asked to visit a partner site (e.g. Temple) and provide blood and urine samples and to have basic physical measurements are taken, such as weight and height.

Wearables

Participants can also utilize wearables, such as Fitbit, and may be asked to participate in follow-up research studies including clinical trials.

Lead Research/Investigators

Steven E. Reis, MD, associate vice chancellor for clinical research, Health Sciences, professor of medicine, and director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Pittsburgh

Arthur M. Feldman, MD, Ph.D., Laura H. Carnell Professor of Medicine, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University

Susan G. Fisher, MS, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences at LKSOM and All of Us Co-Lead Investigator, Temple

Eric Dishman, director of the All of Us Research Program, NIH

Temple Health

Temple University Health System (TUHS) is a $2.1 billion academic health system dedicated to providing access to quality patient care and supporting excellence in medical education and research. The system consists of the following:

  • Temple University Hospital (TUH)
  • THU-Episcopal Campus
  • TUH-Northeastern Campus
  • The Hospital of Fox Chance Center and Affiliates (an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center)
  • Jeanes Hospital, a community-based hospital offering medical, surgical and emergency services
  • Temple Transport Team, a ground and air-ambulance company
  • Temple Physicians, Inc., a network of community-based specialty and primary care physician practices
  • Temple Faculty Practice Plan, Inc. (consists of more than 500 full-time and part-time academic medical physicians in 20 clinical departments).
  • TUH is affiliated with the Lewis Katz School of Medicine
Source: EurekAlert!

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