The National Institute of Health’s “All of Us” Research Program

The NIH (National Institute of Health) is recruiting 1 million people to share their DNA and 10 years of health history.  The massive biobank effort, known as the Precision Medicine Initiative, was first announced by President Obama in his 2015 State of the Union address.  Congress authorized $1.45 billion over 10 years for the project. The initiative is a move toward expanding our understanding of the intimate link between genetics, lifestyle, and the environment.  The program’s long-term goal is to expand access to precision medical care. Most biomedical research to date has been done on non-rural, educated, white males. One of the fundamental goals of the NIH’s research program is to get participants that are underrepresented in biomedical research. To participate in the program, any U.S. resident over 18 can signup at the All of Us Research Program. Official enrollment began May 6, 2018.