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The UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute and Medical College of Wisconsin have collectively been awarded $5.4 million from the National Institutes of Health to enroll patients in a nationwide precision medicine initiative.

The institutions will partner with the Blood Center of Wisconsin and some of Wisconsin’s federally qualified health centers to recruit participants in the NIH’s All of Us Research Program, which aims to gather data from more than 1 million Americans.

Precision medicine is an approach to disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in biological makeup, environment and lifestyle.

UW-Madison plans to build a Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine next to the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research, near UW Hospital. Construction is set to begin next year and be done in 2020.

Dr. Stephen Meyn, a molecular genetics and pediatrics professor at the University of Toronto, was named the center’s director this month.