August 12, 2019

The National Institutes of Health's 'All of Us' journey comes to Madison

Madison, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Madison will host the National Institutes of Health's "All of Us" Journey, a traveling, hands-on exhibit that raises awareness about the "All of Us" Research Program.

The Journey exhibit will be at The Sessions at McPike Park, 202 S. Ingersoll St., 5pm to 9pm Aug. 14 and 15, and will be at the Second Baptist Church, 4303 Britta Parkway, from 11:30am to 3:30pm Aug. 16.

The Journey has activities that help visitors learn about the program, from an exploration station to quizzes, videos and more.

The "All of Us" Research Program aims to speed up health research and medical breakthroughs. To do so, "All of Us" is asking 1 million or more volunteers to share different types of health and lifestyle information - information like where they live, what they do and their family health history.

The program is open to people both healthy and sick, from all communities. Unlike a single research study focused on a specific disease or community, the "All of Us" Research Program will create a research resource to inform thousands of studies, covering a wide range of health conditions. This information could help researchers learn more about different diseases and treatments and improve health for generations to come.

The "All of Us" Research Program at UW-Madison, which is part of a consortium, including Marshfield Clinic and the Medical College of Wisconsin, is one of several sites nationwide actively recruiting and enrolling participants in the program. UW Health serves as a key partner, assisting with outreach and enrollment efforts in southcentral Wisconsin.

The "All of Us" Journey engages community members nationwide and raises awareness about the "All of Us" Research Program through various educational activities and experiences.

"We couldn't be more excited to host the Journey exhibit in Madison," said Dr. Dorothy Farrar Edwards, co-principal investigator, "All of Us"-UW. "This is a great opportunity for our community members to engage with the 'All of Us' Research Program in a unique way and learn how their individual participation could very well contribute to health care improvements on a national scale."