Following are updates from Tina Bottini, assistant dean for research administration and compliance.
The college is excited to participate in the recruitment of participants for the All of Us research program. This is a massive research-based initiative sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. The primary goal is to assemble data and biospecimens on a cohort of more than 1 million U.S. citizens across a wide variety of geographic regions and demographic backgrounds.
All of Us will represent the most valuable research resource our country has ever known. As such, it will fuel exciting research efforts for decades to come. Indeed, access to the samples and data collected as part of All of Us will allow researchers to more rapidly gain important insights into the biological, environmental and behavioral factors that influence the development and treatment of a wide variety of human diseases.
JAX-ASCENT will serve as the hub for the recruitment activities for the college. A robust recruitment campaign will begin soon, and we will communicate information about these opportunities as they become available.
All of Us is a major component of the precision medicine initiative, a new age of medicine in which researchers, providers and patients work together to develop more personalized care tailored to the needs of the individual patient.
Research is accelerating
Research drives improvements in medicine and population health. With Alexander Parker, Ph.D., in place as our senior associate dean for research and director of precision medicine, we have been on a fast track to capitalize on our campus’ momentum and further advance our research efforts.
We have partnered with college leadership to develop a research mission, establish core values, promote a culture of research and strengthen our alliance with the education and clinical missions. We have plans underway for a reorganization of the research enterprise that will include two integrated components — one focused on streamlining the operational aspects of research and the other designed to guide programmatic priorities and resources.
Without question, this is an exciting time for research on campus. There is a clear and present opportunity to position research as a driver of academic success and, much more importantly, better health and wellness for our patients and the community.