Patients receiving care in Onalaska and La Crosse have the opportunity to participate in a groundbreaking approach to genomic research that could help change the lives of many for years to come.
The Mayo Clinic Biobank is an initiative that was launched in 2009 to enroll patients into a research data base regardless of their health history. . This will become an integral component of Mayo's Center for Individualized Medicine.
Starting this month, La Crosse and Onalaska patients will be invited to participate by a mailed invitation packet. Biobank staff will then schedule the blood draws at the designated clinic. Patients will be asked to provide blood samples, fill out a health questionnaire, and allow access to past and future medical records. There is no charge to the patient.
In Rochester, patients have participated in the Biobank and appreciated having the opportunity to possibly help improve the health of future generations. The current demand is to enroll 50,000 by 2016 including 5,000 from the Mayo Clinic Health System.... .