DeGette Urges Participation in 21st Century Cures Funded ‘All of Us’ Research Program
Denver – On the cusp of the national launch this weekend of the innovative All of Us research program to advance medical science, Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), co-author of the law that created the program, urged every eligible American to take part.
“This is the future of biomedical research, and everybody has a chance to make a difference,” DeGette said. “It’s so exciting to see All of Us come together, in line with President Barack Obama’s vision and the guidelines that we put into law to make this the biggest and most diverse long-term health research program ever.
“Anyone age 18 and older can now take part in making this ambitious and far-reaching project a reality that will benefit humanity for generations,” DeGette added. “The result will be a better, more effective way to prevent and treat illness and provide care, using state-of-the-art techniques that themselves will continue to progress with time.”
The All of Us program was created under the Precision Medicine Initiative that formed a core part of the 21st Century Cures Act, which DeGette co-authored with Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI). When that bill became law in December 2016, it provided $4.8 billion dollars in mandatory funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to spur scientific innovation and discovery, as well as around $1.5 billion for All of Us over a ten-year period.
On May 6, the All of Us Research Program will begin national enrollment, allowing people ages 18 and older, regardless of health status, to take part in this momentous effort to advance medical science for people of all backgrounds. Volunteers will join more than 25,000 participants already enrolled in a year-long beta test. The aim is to enroll a million or more volunteers, particularly from communities that have been underrepresented in health research. All of Us is expected to be the largest and most diverse longitudinal health research program ever developed.