• By Dana Sparks

Discovery’s Edge: Rochester Epidemiology Project is a treasure trove for research

May 23, 2017

old minnesota map including Olmsted County for Rochester Epidemiology ProjectOnly one resource in North America offers complete disease information about a real population spanning half a century. Only one repository can be used to study almost any condition, pointing the way to new discoveries.

It’s a treasure trove of data, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and used by researchers nationally, including the Institute of Medicine. The Rochester Epidemiology Project (REP) is one of a kind.

This collection of comprehensive medical records in the Rochester Epidemiology Project makes Olmsted County, Minn., the location of Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus, one of the few places in the world where scientists can study virtually an entire geographic population to identify trends in disease, evaluate treatments, and discover risk factors for various diseases and conditions. It’s also proving to be an invaluable tool in finding new ways to protect people. Read the rest of the article.
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