ATLANTA – Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) has been selected to join the NIH ‘All of Us’ Research Program as part of the South East Enrollment Center (SEEC) network, awarding $4.45 million to the consortium during the first year.
The All of Us Research Program is a growing precision medicine initiative with over 25 institutional collaborators across the United States. The SEEC is comprised of Morehouse School of Medicine, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Emory University, and the University of Florida.
Leading MSM’s efforts will be Priscilla Pemu, M.B.B.S., M.S.C.R., F.A.C.P, professor of medicine and director of the R-Center Community Based Research Core and the Community Physicians’ Network.
Other engaged MSM faculty include, Elizabeth O. Ofili, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.C., Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute, senior co-principal investigator, Alexander Quarshie, MD, MS, bioinformatics lead, Dominic Mack, M.D., M.B.A., director of the National Center for Primary Care, and Brenda Klement, Ph.D., chair of the Institutional Review Board.
This selection and award serves to extend the geographic coverage of the All of Us program and address health disparities within precision medicine, focusing on enrollment of participants from lower-income, Hispanic and Latino, African American, Native American, and rural communities. The program will gather data from over one million participants within the United States to accelerate research, create personalized treatments, and design preventative methods based on genomic data.
MSM will enroll 1,000 participants complete with medical baseline data and blood samples from Georgia’s incredibly ethnically diverse populations, working with the Morehouse Healthcare, Grady Health System, and Morehouse Choice ACO, along with partners in the Community Physicians’ Network for this project, including the development of an enrollment core and bio-repository.
Selection for this program complements MSM’s commitment to the advancement of health equity, participatory research in communities as well as, engagement in large-scale long-term follow up studies, infrastructure building, and engagement of minority communities.