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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 gift cards for your participation
  • We will send some results from your Health Visit & Radon test
  • Your contribution to science will be 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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10,000 Families Study receives $12M from NCI

The University of Minnesota-based team leading the 10,000 Families Study recently received $12M from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to continue studying cancer risk from environmental exposures to radon, PFAS in Minnesota.

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NCI Grant to Study Environmental Exposures and Cancer Risk

University of Minnesota-based 10,000 Families Study was recently awarded a UG3 grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). This new award provides funding to investigate radon and chemicals of concern in drinking water which are suspected risk factors for hematologic cancers.

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Upcoming Events

Learn about RADON - are you at risk?
Join us for an enlightening session with Marc Katz, MPH, a seasoned radon expert from the Indoor Air Unit of the Minnesota Department of Health. Gain valuable insights into radon, with an opportunity to ask your questions about testing, results, and mitigation. Don't miss out on this opportunity to enhance your knowledge and ensure the safety of your family’s indoor environment!

Your 10KFS PFAS Primer: About PFAS, Your Health and More!
The 10,000 Families Study from the University of Minnesota invites you to a webinar to learn about Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (more commonly known as PFAS - "Forever chemicals"). In this conversation, PFAS expert Sarah Fossen-Johnson from the Minnesota Department of Health will answer your questions and tell you what you need to know and how you can protect yourself and your family from these chemicals that are all around us.


10KFS - Extension: Glyphosate Webinar
This webinar gives an overview of glyphosate (the active ingredient in the pesticide RoundUp commonly used in agriculture and gardening) and health, especially what researchers already know and do not yet know about exposure and its impact on health. We shared what the University of Minnesota 10,000 Families Study in particular is studying about glyphosate. An agriculture/gardening safety expert gave practical tips, and shared resources you can use.

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