Gundersen Health System joins All of Us Research Program'

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August 27, 2019

Partnership with Marshfield Clinic Research Institute will enroll participants in Wisconsin


MARSHFIELD, LA CROSSE – Starting July 1, Gundersen Health System has partnered with the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute in the All of Us Research Program, a nationwide effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the U.S. to accelerate research and improve health. 


“The All of Us Research Program aims to change the face of medical care from ‘one size fits all’ to one that takes into account our individual differences. It is one of the most ambitious projects sponsored by the National Institutes of Health,” said Murray Brilliant, Ph.D., lead investigator for All of Us Wisconsin and director of Marshfield Clinic Research Institute’s Center for Precision Medicine Research. “Our vision for All of Us Wisconsin is to offer the opportunity to join this program to the entire state. People who join will be our partners in research and their representation will help future research for people who share their same medical risks, advancing health care research for all of us.”


The mission of the All of Us Research Program is simple–to speed up health research and medical breakthroughs. To do this, All of Us is asking one million or more people to lead the way to provide the types of information that can help researchers create individualized prevention, treatment, and care for all. Partnering with Gundersen Health System is one step toward improving health care for generations to come in Wisconsin.


The All of Us Research Program is a momentous effort to advance precision medicine. Gundersen Health System joined the Wisconsin consortium led by Marshfield Clinic Research Institute in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin.


“Participation in this first-of-a-kind research program places Gundersen Health System in the middle of the transition of medicine from remedial to preventive in the application of precision medicine,” says Julio Bird, M.D., director of Medical Research for Gundersen Medical Foundation. “Identifying associations between genetic makeup and disease processes will allow us to develop preventive strategies for earlier identification and treatment of disease."


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This work is supported by the All of Us Research Program, part of the National Institutes of Health, under award number OT2OD026555.


All of Us and the All of Us logo are service marks of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.




Marshfield Clinic Health System

Marshfield Clinic Health System is an integrated health system whose mission is to enrich lives through accessible, affordable compassionate health care. The Health System serves Wisconsin with more than 11,000 employees including over 1,200 providers comprising 86 specialties, health plan, and research and education programs. Primary operations include Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield Medical Center hospitals in Marshfield, Eau Claire, Rice Lake, Neillsville, Beaver Dam and Ladysmith, Marshfield Children’s Hospital, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, Security Health Plan and Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation. Learn more at


Marshfield Clinic Research Institute

Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, a division of Marshfield Clinic Health System, was founded in 1959. It’s the largest private medical research institute in Wisconsin. The Research Institute consists of research centers in clinical research, cancer research, agricultural health and safety, epidemiology, human genetics, and biomedical informatics. Research Institute investigators publish extensively in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals addressing a wide range of diseases and other health issues, including cancer, infectious diseases, heart disease, diabetes, eye disease, neurological disease, pediatrics, radiology, women's health, agricultural safety and genetics.


About Gundersen Health System
Gundersen Health System is a non-profit, comprehensive integrated healthcare network headquartered in La Crosse, Wis. Gundersen’s more than 8,000 employees, including more than 900 clinicians, serve 21 counties in western Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota, and northeast Iowa. Their network includes a large multi-specialty group medical practice, teaching hospital, five Critical Access Hospitals, more than 60 clinic sites, behavioral health services, vision centers, pharmacies, and air and ground ambulances. Gundersen’s vision is to enhance the health and well-being of the communities it serves and enrich every life, including patients, families and staff. You can read more at

About Gundersen Medical Foundation
Gundersen Medical Foundation, based in La Crosse, Wis., connects supporters with an interest we all share - the health and well-being of our communities. Through Gundersen Medical Foundation, Gundersen Health System, a physician-led, non-profit health system also headquartered in La Crosse, Wis.  is able to evolve and innovate to stay at the forefront of patient care. Our commitment to medical education helps our staff keep their knowledge and skills razor sharp. We also conduct clinical research that affects patients on a very personal level. The Foundation funds numerous research projects each year, including clinical trials. We also support our own well-appointed research laboratories staffed by some of the best researchers in their fields. Gundersen Health System is a Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Hospital®. All money raised through the Foundation for CMN Hospitals, stays here to help area children with special healthcare needs - regardless of their illness or injury or where they get their care.

John Gardner