May 25, 2018

Mayo Clinic kicks off massive ‘biobank’ project to invigorate individualized medicine research

By Karl Oestreich

Twin Cities Business
by Don Jacobson

Among its impressive list of unique medical resources, the Mayo Clinic has always counted its “biobank” as of one its top assets: A vast collection Twin Cities Business Magazine Logoof blood samples and other health information donated by its patients over the span of many decades…Mayo’s status as the keeper of this one-of-a-kind resource earned it a key role in the U.S. government’s push to advance individualized medicine when in 2016 it was tapped to serve as the official biobank for the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), a nationwide program aimed to enrolling at least 1 million participants to better understand how genetic differences contribute to disease.

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Previous coverage in South Florida Reporter

Context: On May 6, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will open national enrollment for the All of Us Research Program. According to the NIH the program is a momentous effort to advance individualized prevention, treatment and care for people of all backgrounds. All of Us seeks to transform the relationship between researchers and participants, bringing them together as partners to guide the program’s directions, goals and responsible return of research information. Participants will be able to access their own health information, summary data about the entire participant community, and information about studies and findings that come from All of Us. Data from the program will be broadly accessible for research. You can read more about the All of Us Research Program on Mayo Clinic News Network.

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