About the Study

magnifying glassWe are conducting this study because health, diseases and risk factors can run in families. A multigenerational study will help us understand how genetics and shared habits contribute to health and disease.

10,000 families study logoOur goal is to enroll 10,000 Minnesota families with young children, their parents, siblings, and grandparents.

If you and your family are eligible and selected, you will be asked to do the following:

  • Complete a Health Questionnaire
  • Invite at least one other family member from a different generation
  • Attend a Family Health Fair
  • Allow your blood to be drawn for DNA
  • Release your medical records
  • Stay in touch with the study team

Through your participation, we will gain a better understanding of how to help current and future generations of Minnesotans be as healthy as possible.

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Human Subjects approval and study ramp-up

As part of the 10,000 Families Study's development and expansion, we recently received approval from the University of Minnesota's Institutional Review Board for converting our status as a pilot study to a full-scale study, which allows us to in

10KFS Funding

In 2018, the 10,000 Families Study was awarded a $1 million grant as part of Masonic Charities funding to support cancer research at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center.