The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched national enrollment for its All of Us Research Program. This historic project aims to collect data from more than 1 million volunteers to accelerate research and enable the delivery of precision medicine by considering factors such as individual lifestyles, environment, and biology.
Participants who volunteer for the program will be asked to contribute information about their medical history and lifestyle over time by completing health surveys, sharing electronic health records, and potentially submitting physical measurements and biosamples. Researchers will conduct studies using the data collected to identify patterns that may lead to medical breakthroughs. Enrollees will be asked to provide input throughout their participation and will be provided their individual study results and summarized data from across the program.
Enrollment is open to anyone over the age of 18 who is living in the United States, regardless of health status. In the future, the program hopes to enroll those younger than 18.
The All of Us Research Program’s goal of collecting data from more than 1 million volunteers has great potential to spur scientific and medical breakthroughs. The American Society of Nephrology applauds NIH for undertaking this bold initiative and encourages the entire kidney community to participate in the program. It is essential that individuals affected by kidney diseases volunteer to enroll to ensure the nephrology community makes advances in precision medicine to prevent, treat, and cure kidney diseases.
To learn more about enrollment, please visit JoinAllofUs.org.