UAB health system seeks participants for NIH precision medicine study

University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System is recruiting participants for the National Institute of Health's precision medicine study, which aims to identify and prevent diseases through genetic data, WBRC, a Fox affiliate, reports.

The All of Us research program plans to enroll one million people nationwide, Bruce Korf, MD, UAB Medicine chief genomics officer, told WBRC. To participate in the study, individuals must agree to share their EHRs, answer medical questions and provide blood and urine samples for analysis.

"The goal here is to try to figure out what are the predictors of health and disease," Dr. Korf said. "How can we figure out who is at risk for what and what are the various medical markers, in blood and urine for example, that allow us to achieve the goal of precision medicine, which is figuring out who is at risk and treating them exactly the right way for their particular circumstances."

The research program launched last year, and since then, more than 143,000 people have completed the first steps of the study. NIH released an interactive data browser May 6, which was generated by information from program participants.

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