The four medical centers, referred to as the New England Precision Medicine Consortium, will receive $5.5 million in initial funding from NIH to find volunteers for the program, collect their health information, and provide input on the development of plans. NIH has set a target of enrolling 1 million individuals in the program in order to provide long-term research.
“We want this program to be open to everyone across the United States,” said Eric Dishman, director of the PMI Cohort Program. “These additional health care provider organizations will help us in our efforts to reach communities that have been underrepresented in research. By contributing their information, these communities will help people and their health care providers identify the right prevention strategies or treatments. With the PMI Cohort Program, we’re making a concerted effort to include people from all communities and walks of life, to make sure that the knowledge we gain benefits everyone.”