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Join the research registry offered by the Institute for Population and Precision Health at the University of Chicago. Learn about opportunities to get involved in research designed to the health of your community. Join for free, leave at any time.

Advance science

Help researchers understand what makes people sick, and how they stay healthy.

Pay for your time

Most research programs offer compensation.

Address disparities

Medical research helps understand and address health disparities in historically underrepresented communities.

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Welcome to the IPPH

The Institute for Population and Precision Health at the University of Chicago was founded in 2015 with the goal of furthering research to investigate the burden of disease, promote health, and above all to reduce health disparities in historically ignored communities in Chicago and beyond.

With the help of research volunteers from throughout Chicagoland, IPPH aims to close the gap in scientific advancements that affect the communities we serve.

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We’re closing the gap in biomedical research


COMPASS is a long-term research program that looks at the impact of factors such as lifestyle, healthcare access, the environment, and genetics on the health of Chicagoans. Some population sub-groups have higher rates of occurrence or severity of cancer and chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory illnesses. In Chicago, this disparity is often worse than in other parts of the United States. COMPASS seeks to understand why this is the case, and how the health of Chicagoans is shaped by where they live.

All of Us

The All of Us Research Program aims to advance precision medicine with help from 1 million volunteers. Precision medicine is health care that is based on you as an individual. Precision medicine considers factors like where you live, what you do, and your family health history to find the best ways for you to stay healthy. The health data you share will be made anonymous and added to the All of Us Research Program database. Be a part of the one million volunteer push to improve health for generations to come.

Connect for Cancer Prevention Study

The Connect for Cancer Prevention Cohort Study is a study designed to analyze cancer incidence and impact prevention and early detection.

Connect will be conducted within a set of integrated health care systems to recruit 200,000 members or patients between the ages of 40-65 years with no personal history of invasive cancer (other than non-melanoma skin cancer at the time of recruitment). Recruitment efforts are aimed to promote participation of individuals from diverse backgrounds and geographic areas.

Clinical Trials

The IPPH is home to a variety of clinical trials and clinical research projects. Our clinical trial focus is on developing approaches to both precision prevention and precision medicine. We lead and support trial design, enrollment and implementation for local, national, and global efforts. Most recently, the IPPH worked on the implementation of trials on multiple COVID-19 vaccines and precision diagnostics. Topics of expertise include clinical trials for vaccine, prevention and health promotion, early diagnosis, artificial intelligence driven solutions, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Contact us

Phone: (773) 834-9992


Frequently Asked Questions
What laws does UChicago comply with when conducting research studies?

UChicago researchers comply with federal regulations, state laws, University polices, and national and international standards for research involving human participants. Before a study can begin, the UChicago Institutional Review Board (IRB) must approve it. In addition, all UChicago personnel working on a research study undergo regular IRB training and certification to protect the safety and privacy of  research participants.

Why do people participate in research studies?

Every study is different and the reasons people participate are different. Some reasons people participate in research studies are:

  • To help others
  • To help advance science
  • To possibly improve their own health
  • To access treatment options that might not be available outside of the research
  • During the pandemic, many people are interested in participating to help advance COVID-19 vaccines



I am not a UChicago Medical patient. Can I still participate?

Yes! For many research studies, we welcome persons from Chicago and beyond regardless of their patient status. To this end, the IPPH frequently engages in community-based recruitment to ensure that we are reaching out to as many Chicagoans as possible.

Will my personal health information be protected if I agree to participate?

Yes. It is the legal and ethical responsibility of all UChicago faculty, staff, trainees, students, volunteers, and contractors to protect and preserve personal and confidential patient information. This includes information collected and used for research purposes.

Will I be compensated for my participation?

Some studies offer compensation for participation.

How do I unsubscribe from the research registry?

If you are no longer interested in being included in our research registry, please email: (please include your full name in your email)

You may also mail your unsubscribe request to:

UChicago Vaccine Study Research Registry, 5841 S Maryland Ave, N102, Chicago, IL 60637

If I am invited to do a study, do I have to participate?

No, you are under no obligation to join a research study, and your decision will not affect your medical care at UChicago. Participating in a research study is always completely voluntary. Even if you decide to participate in a research study, you can always change your mind at any time.

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