Renown + Desert Research Institute 

Your history is helping us make history

Renown Health and the Desert Research Institute (DRI) are collaborating with 23andMe, a leading personal genetics company, on one of the first community based population health studies in the U.S. that combines health, population and genetic information with environmental data and returns 23andMe genetic results to study participants.

Funded by the Renown Health Foundation and Nevada’s Knowledge Fund, the pilot study offered community members the opportunity to volunteer for research while also gaining access to their individual genetic information at no cost. The response was overwhelming and the study reached 5,000 participants in less than 24 hours. The pilot phase was increased to 10,000 participants, with this goal reached in less than 48 hours after the initial announcement. Renown is currently working on securing funding to expand the study to 100,000 northern Nevadans.

What life-changing discoveries lie ahead?

Ten thousand Nevadans have opted to be a part of an amazing moment in history and make a difference for their community, their family and themselves.

Your genetic code is unique; it helps define you. DRI and Renown have teamed up with one of the smartest companies in the world, 23andMe, to provide you with a tool that will help you understand your past, and use that new knowledge to help you, your community and your state have a healthier future.

And that is population health at its best.

“For Renown Health it’s far more than just a research study.”

 

Fast Company – New York, NY

“The comprehensive study will examine health, population, genetic and environmental data.”

 

Engadget – Los Angeles, CA

“The project creates unprecedented opportunities for new scientific discoveries linking genetics to future policy decisions aimed at improving public health.”

 

The Associated Press – New York, NY

“The comprehensive study will examine health, population, genetic and environmental data.”

 

Engadget – Los Angeles, CA

“Nevada’s Desert Research Institute and Renown Health are teaming up with a personal genetic company to launch one of the first community health studies of its kind in the country.”

 

San Francisco Gate – San Francisco, CA

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