Research; Population Study; Biobank;

1C - All of Us Research Program
CME (AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™) 1.5; CEU (NSGC Category 1) 0.15; Attendance CEU 1.5

Monday, October 9
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

In the State of the Union address on January 20, 2015, President Obama announced his intention to launch the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). A component of the PMI program is to enroll one million volunteers into a national cohort that broadly reflects the diversity of the U.S. population and accelerate progress toward a new era of precision medicine on a larger scale than previously possible. This repository of one million volunteers is now referred to as the All of Us Research Program. This session will describe the goals of this program, the roles and responsibilities of participating research groups and the current status of this national effort.

Learning Objectives:

Stephen N. Thibodeau

Biorepository Program Director
Mayo Clinic

Stephen Thibodeau, PhD, received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1979. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, he accepted a position as Director of the Clinical Chemistry Laboratory at Children's Hospital in Denver, Colorado. He returned to Mayo Clinic in 1987 to develop a program in Clinical Molecular Genetics and has been certified in Clinical Molecular Genetics by the American Board of Medical Genetics since 1993.

Dr. Thibodeau was a Co-Director of the Molecular Genetics Laboratory at Mayo for over 25 years. He is the William H. Donner Professor of Laboratory Medicine in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and the David F. and Margaret T. Grohne Director, Biorepositories Program, Center for Individualized Medicine. He received the Lemuel Herrera Award from the Collaborative Group of the Americas for the Study of Inherited Colorectal Cancer in 2003.

Dr. Thibodeau's professional interests include identifying genetic susceptibility loci involved in prostate cancer and the characterization of the molecular genetic changes that occur in both sporadic and familial colorectal cancer (primarily HNPCC).


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Mark Begale

Director of Strategic Partnerships
Vibrent Health


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Mine Cicek

Director - Biospecimens Accessioning and Processing (BAP) Laboratory
Mayo Clinic

Mine Cicek, PhD, received her Ph.D. in Genetics from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA in 2001. Following a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, Lerner Research Institute, she came to Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota in 2005 as a R25 Cancer Genetic Molecular Epidemiology Fellow. After completion of her training, she then worked in the capacity as a Research Associate in the Division of Experimental Pathology and Laboratory Medicine from 2006-2010, then the Division of Epidemiology, Department of Health Sciences Research from 2010-2013. She is trained as a lab-based researcher in the cancer genetic epidemiology field and has worked on multiple tumor types. She has led and published multiple studies with similar research goals on prostate, colon and ovarian cancer genetics. In 2013, she accepted the position as the Laboratory Director of the Biospecimens Accessioning and Processing (BAP) core laboratory, Biorepository Program, and Center for Individualized Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Cicek presently is an Assistant Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and is a Senior Associate Consultant at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. Her main focus is to contribute her expertise in research studies and clinical trials overseeing biospecimen collections, processing and storage. Dr. Cicek continuously tries to bring new knowledge and technology to her lab to improve on quality and best practices for biospecimens usage in biobanking. She is Mayo Clinic PI of The Alliance NCTN Biorepository and Biospecimen Resource. She is Co-PI of the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) All of Us (AoU) Research Program Biobank.


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Akinlolu O. Ojo

Associate Vice President for Clinical Research
University of Arizona Health Sciences

Akinlolu ("Ojo") Ojo, MPH, PhD, is the Associate Vice President for Clinical Research and Global Health Initiatives at the University of Arizona Health Sciences in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences. Dr. Ojo is the Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded University of Arizona - Banner Health All of Us Research Program. Dr. Ojo research and clinical interest are in chronic kidney disease in Blacks/African Americans, kidney and kidney-pancreas transplantation and Global Health. Dr. Ojo has been PI on research studies totaling >$120 million and has played leadership roles on major NIH-funded clinical trials and cohort studies including the African American Study of Hypertension and Kidney Disease (AASK), the Folic Acid Vascular Outcome Reduction in Transplantation (FAVORIT), the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort Study (CRIC), the Adult-to-Adult Living Donor Liver Transplantation Study (A2ALL) and the Nephrotic Syndrome Study Network (NEPTUNE). Dr. Ojo is currently the U.S. PI of the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) Kidney Disease Research Network - a research that is conducting genomics research in kidney disease in >14,000 participants through 18 academic health systems in six countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Ojo received his medical education from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and residency training in internal medicine at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. He earned an MPH degree in Global Health from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and completed nephrology fellowship, a PhD in Epidemiology and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Michigan. Dr. Ojo has over 180 peer-reviewed publications and serves on editorial boards and NIH study sections. Dr. Ojo has mentored >20 research scientists and physician scientists and has been elected into several honorific societies including the American Clinical and Climatological Association (ACCA), American Society of Clinical Investigation, and the Association of American Physicians.


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1C - All of Us Research Program
CME (AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™) 1.5; CEU (NSGC Category 1) 0.15; Attendance CEU 1.5

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Send Email for All of Us Research Program
CME (AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™) 1.5; CEU (NSGC Category 1) 0.15; Attendance CEU 1.5