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10,000 Families

We all need to know how genetics, the environment and lifestyle affect our health. Please join us in this discovery adventure!

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What is the 10,000 Families Study?

Research studies help people understand and address issues that may be complicated or not clear for everyone: for instance, how good health or risk factors pass from generation to generation. We are inviting 10,000 families to join us in this journey of discovery. We will share our findings to benefit everyone!

Who can join?

Who can join?

At least two members per family

  • First member needs to be 18 or older and live in Minnesota
  • Other family members of any age who live in Minnesota or any neighboring state
    (Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin)
Who can join?

Why should I join?

Several reasons! Here are some of them:

  • You will receive results from your health visit and a $25 gift-card
  • You could win a $250 gift-card for completing the health questionnaire
  • Your contribution to science is invaluable!
Who can join?

What do I need to do?

Take our eligibility survey

  • Learn if your family qualifies for the study - Click on "join"
  • If your family qualifies, see what participation involves
  • Invite your loved ones

Latest News & Updates

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10KFS and Minnesota Masonic Charities

Why do certain families seem to live longer and healthier than others? Do some families pass on more mutations than others? How do environmental changes and exposures to new risks such as e-cigarettes affect health?

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10KFS in the Minnesota Daily

With Minnesota State Fair canceled, University research booth halted. 10KFS releases new website, expanding family member eligibility to neighboring states & offers gift card incentives.

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COVID-19 - Facebook Live
To test or not to test, that is the question!
Everything you wanted to know about COVID-19 testing!
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What is worse, grandma's cake recipe or her genes?
How lifestyle, environment, and genes affect our health!
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Online activities for the 10,000 Families Study continue as normal.
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