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All of Us Research: UAB’s Dr. Bruce Korf on Medical Benefits of Precision Medicine

All of Us Research: UAB’s Dr. Bruce Korf on Medical Benefits of Precision Medicine

The goal of the All of Us Research Program is to help researchers understand more about why people get sick or stay healthy. People who join will give information about their health, habits, and what it’s like where they live. By looking for patterns, researchers may learn more about what affects people’s health.

Bruce R. Korf, MD, PhD, is the Chief Genomics Officer, UAB Medicine and co-principal investigator of the All of Us Southern Network. Here, Dr. Korf discusses the program.

What is your role with All of Us? “My role is to make sure that we fulfill our obligations as a network. Study progress reports flow through my office. A lot of what I do is keep in touch with our collaborators and make sure they know where we are and help them overcome obstacles they may have faced.”

Why is All of Us Research important, specifically for this region? “All of Us is going to be collecting the data that will fuel precision medicine for the coming generation. It will help reveal the individual risk factors for diseases and how one person differs from another in terms of how you should be treating them. That’s the big picture of what All of Us will accomplish. The All of Us study is important in our region because there are populations in our area that could be at great risk of being left out of this process if we don’t work hard to engage them. If all people in our region are going to benefit from what is learned from All of Us, it will be critical that we work with them to earn their trust and support their participation in the project.”