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San Diego Researchers Playing Leading Role In Landmark ‘All Of Us’ Project

Dr. Lucila Ohno-Machado, a professor and chair of the Department of Biomedica...

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Above: Dr. Lucila Ohno-Machado, a professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at UC San Diego, is pictured in this undated photo.

San Diego Researchers Playing Leading Role In Landmark 'All Of Us' Research Project

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Dr. Lucila Ohno-Machado, professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics, UC San Diego

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An ambitious effort to speed up medical research by collecting health data from one million participants has just gotten underway. UC San Diego researchers are running part of the landmark research project called "All of Us."

"Many projects so far have involved either very few people or people from a very similar background. So, for example, white males are well represented in genetic research," Dr. Lucila Ohno-Machado said. She is co-leading a California consortium of universities, hospitals, clinics and research organizations participating in the National Institutes of Health-led project.

The goal of the project is to collect health data from a diverse group of Americans representing a wide cross-section of the population including different ethnic groups, ages, genders and socioeconomic statuses to volunteer information about their health, genetic profiles and lifestyles.

Ohno-Machado, a professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at UC San Diego, said the data will expand opportunities for truly personalized medicine to fight disease.

"Many years from now we'll look back and we'll say 'I can't believe we were all treated the same way' once we were diagnosed with a particular disease, let's say hypertension and the therapy was trial and error, 'try this and then try that'," Ohno-Machado said. "In the future, it will be, 'you have hypertension of this particular type, therefore your treatment will start this way.'"

Ohno-Machado joins Midday Edition to discuss the details of the project and how people in San Diego can participate.

All of Us Research Program

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