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'All of Us' research program collecting health data

Emily Jaceks
December 03, 2018 12:40 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A research project that is 10-years in the making, will be rolling into the Duke City this weekend. It's called "All of Us," and organizers have a big goal set ahead of them.

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“Honestly, our goal is to have 1 million participants, which is a very large number,” Francisco Huizar, with the “All of us” research program said.

They want 1 million people to share their DNA and health habits in order to help lead the way to better health care. Information is being collected this week inside a big bus at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

“If you do decide to become a participant, we would ask for certain things like a urine or a blood sample, but that is completely up to the participant,” Huizar said.

The project, which focuses on precision medicine, was announced by former President Barack Obama back in 2015.

“Right now there's this one size fits all mentality of what’s going to go on. We’re given a certain prescription and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. And sometimes we'd like to change the prescription. You might have side effects. It’s kind of a trial and error that we go through,” Huizar said.

With precision medicine, no two conditions are the same. Genes and environmental factors in every individual person play a role.

“This research program looks to eliminate that and give you exactly what your body needs to get healthier faster and more efficiently and effectively,” Huizar said.

But, researchers at the National Institutes of Health need more people to share information about their health, habits and other factors.

“We want our community to be represented in this research project. And that includes all walks of life,” Katherine Spotswood, health educator for Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Libraries said.

“The more data we gather, the more patterns are gonna start to show, so from there researchers are gonna develop more topics and hone in on what to focus on as long as the goal within the whole project is the precision medicine initiative,” Huizar said.

The All of Us research bus will be downtown Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Civic Plaza and the Albuquerque Convention Center.

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