OUR TEAM

10,000 Families Study Most Valuable Resource!

Our team is made up of experienced investigators from the School of Public Health and the Medical School
We also depend on multiple full-time and part-time staff members and volunteers

to make 10,000 Families happen! 

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Following large groups of people over time is the single best way to understand why some people get disease and some stay healthy. 10,000 Families is a unique example because we're following families rather than unrelated individuals. This is important because families share both genes and habits that can affect health, so 10,000 Families will be especially powerful. My hope is that the students I'm training today will be running the study 30 years from now and beyond.

Logan Spector

Principal Investigator

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I think people WANT to participate in research, and I am excited about the opportunity to partner with Minnesota families to understand their unique health concerns. My goal is to use the information and samples from 10,000 Families to understand how differences in our immune systems contribute to health and wellness.

Heather Nelson

Co-investigator

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My main goal, a cancer researcher, is to prevent cancer and decrease mortality in our state. When I hear about a neighbor or a friend who survive cancer, as a human being, I feel happy for these people and, and as a cancer researcher, I feel proud of how much we accomplished. But we need to understand much more about this disease to prolong the lives of cancer patients now and prevent and treat cancer in future generations in our state.

Anna Prizment

Co-investigator

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My research career is focused on helping children grow up healthy.

Jen Poynter

Co-investigator

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I am passionate about the 10,000 Families Study because it provides a unique opportunity to be involved in both design and implementation of a community based study that is specifically focused on understanding the factors that influence the health of Minnesotans.

Bharat Thyagarajan

Co-investigator

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"more information coming soon"

Cavan Reilly

Co-investigator

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What drew me to 10KFS and continues to inspire me are the goals of building an inclusive cohort reflecting the full spectrum of the population in Minnesota (and now its neighbors!), the genetics-lifestyle-environment mix, the long-term challenge, and finally working together with the team and partners to make it happen!

Andrea Hickle

Study Coordinator

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I was born with a passion for relationships and community. My job allows me to meet people from different communities and learn from them. Also gives me the chance to share they should be included in the study, and the benefits that the study results will bring them in the long-run.

Clemen Wilcox

Engagement Specialist

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"The same boiling water that hardens the egg softens the potato", has driven my curiosity to understand how humans' physical makeup and environment interact to determine health. I am passionate about the 10KFS because understanding these interactions could help future generations tailor these factors to achieve optimal health outcomes.

Emily Marlette

Health Visit Coordinator

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I am excited about the 10,000 Families Study because I want all Minnesotans to live their healthiest lives possible!

Deanna Gabrielson

Laboratory Study Coordinator

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