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How participating in a new study could give you more accurate health care

Chippewa Falls (WQOW) – Local health professionals want you to be part of a new research program focused on precision medicine.

The “All of Us” research program is a free nationwide study. The goal is to get 1 million people signed up by 2023.

Marshfield Clinic Health System is collaborating with the National Institutes of Health so people in our community can take part.

Researchers are working to learn more about a person’s genetic factors, biology, environment and lifestyle to help personalize medical treatments.

Most of the research is being done in big cities and local officials say it’s important that the Chippewa Valley is represented as well.

“The cures that are being developed are being developed for people who live lifestyles that are nothing like ours,” said Lisa Kunst, senior project manager for All of Us Wisconsin. “If we’re wanting treatments to work better and really take our individual characteristics, we want people here to be represented as cures are being developed at a national level.”

You can enroll in the program online. You will need to provide electronic health records and provide a blood and urine sample. Kunst said the genetic results will be given back to you.

For more information on the All of Us research program, click here. 

Shannon Satterlee

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