UPitt: Over $100 Million in NIH Grants to be Part of “All of Us” Program.
In the last year the University of Pittsburgh has been awarded more than $24 million in NIH grants to be used in the “All of Us Pennsylvania” program.
Steven Reis, MD is the founding director of Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), which supports biomedical discovery and the translation of biomedical advances into clinical practice. Established in 2006 with a five-year $83.5 million grant from NIH, CTSI is part of national consortium of research institutes. It was one of the first dozen such institutes in the nation. The NIH grant has been renewed twice, with a $67.3 million grant in 2011 and a $62.3 million in 2016.
CTSI trains clinical scientists and ensures greater access to clinical trials for patients. Further, they promote cooperative research that advances new medical therapies and technologies in clinical care.
During President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address he had announced the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). CTSI is directing the Pitt PMI project, which is known as the “All of Us” Pennsylvania research Study.
In 2016 the University of Pittsburgh received a $46 million award from NIH to foundational partnerships and infrastructure needed to carry out the all of us program.
The University of Pittsburgh is enrolling120,000 - 150,000 people in the national All of Us Research Program. The program, which is open to everyone, will collect health related data to be used for research so that it may one day help doctors to provide more precise health care to individuals.
See our San Diego area “All of Us” Program blog
Covering a wide variety of health conditions, “All of Us” will serve as a national research resource to inform thousands of research studies.Please
The data from participants about themselves will be provided over many years. This information will allow researchers to learn more about how individual variances in lifestyle, environment, and biological make-up (such as genetic background) effect health and disease. This will advance treatments being tailor-made to individual patients.
“We really want to be inclusive,” said Dr. Steven Reis, the principle investigator for All of Us Pennsylvania and Vice Chancellor for Clinical Research, Health Sciences at The University of Pittsburgh. “We want diversity of all different aspects, including health. We want healthy people, people with all kinds of diseases.”
The data will help researchers move away from a one-size-fits-all attitude about medicine. Researchers will continue to strive for improvements in precision medicine.
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